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Cabinet set to discuss regeneration for the future for Jacks

Date issued: 19 January 2018

The latest plans to revitalise a much-loved historic building in the heart of Colchester town centre are to be discussed by Cabinet later this month.

If the plans are agreed by cabinet on Wednesday 31 January, the empty premises at 5-6 St Nicholas Street and 60 Culver Street would be revamped to enable the council to lease out the building to help continue to support the area's economic growth and to create new jobs.

The area is already benefiting from the forthcoming opening of the Curzon cinema, the investment in St Nicholas Square, regeneration of The George Hotel, as well as the innovative creative workshop development at 37 Queen Street - showing this part of Colchester is a hotbed for investment and forward-thinking development.

Cllr Paul Smith, Leader of the Council, said: "Jacks is an important part of the character and history of Colchester's town centre. It is a very significant building, cherished by many residents.

"If we want to invest in the future of the borough and underpin its growth, we have to make the most of existing commercial spaces and utilise our town centre assets as the borough grows.

"We will be carefully considering these innovative proposals. However, it is clear we need to bring this underused, important building back into economic use to help stimulate further inward investment, deliver jobs and help meet the Council's future financial targets."