WHAT HAS THE BALKERNE TOWER TRUST ACHIEVED?
Although our long term vision for Jumbo has yet to be achieved, our Trust has been largely responsible for many improvements to the building for the public benefit.
2003(Before the formation of the Trust)
An Interpretation Panel for Jumbo was designed and erected by the BTT with support from CNEEBPT, Colchester Civic Society and the Borough Council.
After representations from the BTT and CNEEBPT, a S.215 Notice was served on Jumbo’s owner to:
In addition, the BTT strongly opposed inappropriate planning applications for Jumbo in 2009, 2011 and 2013, all of which were refused.
From 2015 on Brian Light has given talks on 'The Story of Jumbo' to several organisations including Colchester Recalled, Colchester Engineering Society, Halstead Historical Society and Colchester U3A.
We have supported the 2016 Options Appraisal by the Colchester and North East Essex Building Preservation Trust, with historical and background information about Jumbo.