According to the Echo today:
A PROMINENT estate agent and property developer has quit his post as a director of the company spearheading Southend’s regeneration.
Mike Gray, managing director of Dedman Planning and Regeneration, resigned his directorship of Renaissance Southend after three years.
His move comes just weeks after readers on the Echo’s website raised concerns about a director of Renaissance Southend being linked with development companies.
Mr Gray’s company is representing John Remblance, the man who wants to build the huge Marina Plaza leisure complex in Marine Parade, Southend.
Mr Gray insisted his decision to step down had been made purely on the grounds of the increasing amount of time taken up by his work on Renaissance Southend.
And today there’s also a curious column written by veteran journalist Jim Worsdale . It’s not on the Echo website, but here’s a snippet:
Warning: Don’t Let This Quango Out of Your Site
“Many questions, as well as hackles, have been raised following the Echo’s extensive coverage of the mysterious body called Renaissance Southend.
But the avalanche of response from readers does not surprise me.
Many share my fears about this domination of the possible future of our town by an unelected – some would say unwanted – body of individuals mostly unknown to most council taxpayers…”
Chris has received a few emails himself on this issue…
Meanwhile, Renaissance Southend’s own website is here.