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Update: Community Development of Phillip Road Centre

Community Development of Phillip Road Centre

 The Children’s Support Service school and the three current users (youth club, dance school and community cinema) of the Phillip Road Centre  have now moved out and are waiting for Essex County Council to decide what to do with the building. We believe that they will decide to sell it once it ceases to be a school. They need approval from the Department for Education for this; a decision is expected sometime between September and next March.


The community will have  the right to bid for it and could be eligible for a 20% community discount. The building and land are extensive so that having bought it we would seek to recoup costs and generate income from a variety of users and activities there.  Location of the new health centre in part of the building is one tentative possibility.


If you are interested in these developments there are several things you can do:


  • find more information on the new website at  
  • sign up on the website for our mailing list so you can be kept in touch
  • visit our stall in the station car park at the Wivenhoe Community Day on Saturday 10 August and talk to us about what is happening
  • email us at for enquiries, or to let us know that you would like to get involved.
Wivenhoe badly needs more community facilities but we will only succeed in saving Phillip Road if we get a lot of community support.
Moira Collett
Phillip Road Centre Group

Closure of Philip Road Centre

Moving Image, along with the two other user groups at the Phillip Road centre, was notified last week by Essex County Council (owners of the building) that we have just four weeks to remove all our equipment and hand over the keys for a building which will lie empty for months on end while its long term future use determined.


The Colne Bank school of dance has been based at the Phillip Road centre since 1982; the twice-weekly Hub youth club is a popular meeting place for over 100 young people from Wivenhoe, Alresford and Elmstead Market; and Moving Image is a successful community cinema.  


Knowing that the Pupil Referral Unit were due to move out of the building in July we have been asking for many months what arrangements would be put in place to allow us to carry on pending a decision as to future use.  We’ve been fobbed off month after month and then suddenly the rug is pulled out from under our feet.


We are seeking a reversal of ECC’s decision and to this end hope that you will sign our petition, and encourage others to do likewise:

BRA at Broomgrove School Fete

Don’t forget to come and see us the Broomgrove School Fete tomorrow. The weather looks great. Gates open at 6pm!

Broomgrove School Fete – Friday 5th July

Don’t forget the Broomgrove School Fete take place on Friday 5th July. Please support our local school.



10 AM – 4 PM

at the William Loveless Hall


What is the Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan?

It is a new way of enabling local communities to influence the planning of their neighbourhood over the next 10-15 year period. The Plan for Wivenhoe will cover the entire Parish and will take about 2 years to develop, culminating in a local referendum which will require the support of 50% of those voting for it to be approved.

A steering group has been set up consisting of several Town Councillors and volunteer residents who have begun work on the Plan.  It is crucial that you, along with your fellow Wivenhoe residents, tell us what you think is important in the town.

This is your Plan, and your opportunity to shape Wivenhoe’s future. We need and welcome your thoughts and comments. Unlike the 2008 town Plan, and assuming it is approved, this Neighbourhood Plan will become a statutory planning document in its own right, i.e. it will hugely influence future planning decisions in the town. Have your say about how Wivenhoe develops over the next 15 years. Come to the William Loveless hall on 6 July and speak with CBC planning officers, Town Councillors and members of the steering group to find out more, and to make your mark.


This invitation was sent to you by the Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. Email:

Vine Farm Rd/Vine Drive flower bed.

Wivenhoe in Bloom will in the next few weeks giving the flower bed at the corner of Vine Farm Road and Vine Drive a good digging over and planting the area. They are commencing at 10 am on Tuesday 16th April if want to help. Bring a spade!

St Mary’s Church Fun Day

BRA will be at the Wivenhoe Society Fun Day on Saturday 8th September from 10am at St Mary’s Church in Wivenhoe.

Please come and see us.


Updated: Some pictures from the day…