Published: 1st Oct 2013

There’s a new restaurant in Colchester. Called ‘The Glasshouse Brasserie’, it occupies a modern, light and spacious building on the edge of Colchester’s former Roman port. This part of town is called The Hythe and has for many years been the scene of a running battle between developers, residents, landowners and the local council. Well perhaps battle is too strong a word, but the tension and discord has been as evident as joined up regeneration has been absent. There was a brave strategy written some 12 years ago, but as with so many ambitious plans, it never quite left the drawing board. You can understand the frustration, with nearby Ipswich docks having been transformed from dereliction to a delightful development with boutique hotel, restaurants, flats, offices and busy marina. Bristol too has seen a similar riverside renaissance, yet Colchester, just an hour by train from London has somehow so far … (To read the full article, subscribe below)