Word has come to BWTAS that the water tower at Brightlingsea, Essex is being demolished to make way for a housing development.
Brightlingsea is better known for Bateman's Tower a folly built in 1883.
Demolition image from Flickr
We don't know when the water tower was built but the plans in the Essex Record Office say it was designed by Broderick & Partners, civil engineers.
Minutes from Brightlingsea Town Council:
563. PLANNING APPLICATIONS:
The following applications had been received by Tendring District Council:
10/00743/FUL Roundwood Restorations, Brightlingsea Water Tower, Church Road, Brightlingsea – Demolition of the existing Water Tower and machinery replaced with development of 11 houses on the old Water Tower site, Church Road, Brightlingsea
Brightlingsea Town Council consider this application to be a great improvement on the previous applications and have no objection to this one but would like the District Council to take into consideration the following observations (that include representations of local residents):-
• The non hazardous removal of the Water Tower.
• There could be serious traffic problems due to car parking in Church Road.
• The sight of dwellings at three stories is too tall.
• The hedgeline should be lengthened along Lodge Road to the south western corner to improve landscaping and screening.
• The hedgeline along Church Road in front of the dwelling facing the road would improve the street scene, landscaping and improve the problem of overlooking.
• The nearby residents would like prior notification as to when this development is likely to start please.