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WHAT HAS THE BALKERNE TOWER TRUST ACHIEVED?

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The BTT has been largely responsible for many improvements to Jumbo for the public benefit.

2003(Before the formation of the Trust)
An application by Brian Light to upgrade Jumbo to II* listing was successful.

2009
An Options Appraisal for Jumbo by Purcell Miller Tritton was published. This was commissioned by the Balkerne Tower Trust and part financed by Colchester and N E Essex Building Preservation Trust (CNEEBPT).

2012
After representations from the BTT and CNEEBPT, Urgent Works Notices were served on Jumbo’s owner to:

  • board up broken windows in the cupola (the small room at the top)
  • repair areas of the main roof
  • clear all guttering of debris and vegetation
  • repair damaged areas of the cupola roof

2013
The BTT was instrumental (together with Heritage Champion Cllr Jo Hayes) in getting the removal of the ugly hoarding around Jumbo for which permission had expired, and which had encouraged vandalism to the building.

An Interpretation Panel for Jumbo was designed and erected by the BTT with support from CNEEBPT, Colchester Civic Society and the Borough Council.

2014
The BTT published its Business Plan as a follow up to the 2009 Options Appraisal. [Both these documents are now withdrawn as no longer relevant to the future of Jumbo.]

After representations from the BTT and CNEEBPT, a S.215 Notice was served on Jumbo’s owner to:

  • Remove vegetation in the lower brickwork and base area
  • Repair all guttering
  • Repair and repaint the cupola
  • Replace broken glazing in the cupola
  • Replace missing and damaged sections of the railings between Jumbo’s legs

In addition, BTT strongly opposed inappropriate planning applications for Jumbo in 2009, 2011 and 2013. All were refused.

2015 - 2018

Talks on Jumbo given to various local organisations by Brian Light.

Janes Walks on topic of Colchester Water Supply led by Brian Light.

2016
BTT supported the 2016 Options Appraisal produced by the CNEEBPT, with historical and background information about Jumbo.

2018
Information and support given to CNEEBPT for their grant application to the HLF.

2019
New book about Jumbo published by BTT. All profits to be set aside to contribute to a future scheme for Jumbo as a national heritage attraction.

2021-present
BTT has been working closely with North Essex Heritage as it develops its plans for Jumbo. Brian Light appointed 'Consultant Archivist' to NEH.