A group of former Marconi employees are campaigning for this building to become a Marconi Heritage Centre, incorporating a community space. The Marconi company maintained an extensive archive of its activities, much of which is currently in storage in Oxford.
BBC Essex featured an extensive discussion on the future of the Hall Street site during this morning’s Dave Monk show. You can listen to the program on-line if you missed it.
The decision on this internationally important heritage site is to be made at the City Council’s Planning Committee meeting on 16th December at 7pm, to take place in the Council Chambers on Duke Street. Full details of can be found on their website.
Please do consider making comments in objection to these plans that will deny public access to this historic building, and to support its use as a Heritage Centre and community resource. We’ve already lost Hoffman’s, Crompton’s and Marconi New Street to redevelopment and this could be our last chance to protect such a site for future generations.
You can review the two development applications and comment on the council’s website here and here. Comments can also be made on the floor at the meeting. Please note that the applications refer to the site as the "Silk Mill”, since that was its original use.