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Offline Richard Symonds

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As it is now April of course.

Will it even be pulled down this year 2011?

There seemed to be an element of doubt expressed in Council or was I getting too bored again?
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Libdems put it in a leaflet that it would be down early in the new year Bwwwaaaaahhhhhhh all take no action  :2funny:
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There's a hell of a lot of grafitti on the old college windows, suggesting people are getting into the building. For safety's sake, could they pull it down soon?
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At Council on Thursday night the Tories became angry about their belief that the Labour Group talk down Swindon.

Why would they need to do that because Swindon's visitors see for themselves the degeneration of the Town Centre, they are not blind to the derelict college building, the empty spaces filled with saplings and the swathe of To Let boards throughout the shopping areas.

Hardly the sign of an Innovative and Vibrant town, and they cannot even get the Award Winning Free Wi-fi!

You know it makes sense
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A couple of years ago Cllr Nick Martin suggested turfing over the disused building sites until the economy picked up. The community could use them and they wouldn't look so awful. Of course nothing ever happened and we no longer have the rangers of gardeners to maintain it, but I always thought it was a good idea.

Perhaps we could start growing some Virginia Creeper over the old college building to screen it?
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Anyone see the bit on BBC News this mornring?  About the fight for demolition sites, going mad for them apparently, to get the metal out.

Has anyone pointed them in the direction of the college building, or is it all held up with string? 
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From a distance, those windows look like they are metal framed Muggins. On the plus side, someone has thoughtfully removed the glass already!
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BBC showed similar building coming down and then what they had brought out of it, copper piping, wiring, stainless steel, and there must be girders it them thar buildings!

Not only that they were  recycling all the rubble too. 
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Just going to disinter this old thread (I was drawn to it because I note 'guests' regularly seem to be viewing it).

Here's a sting in the tail which should lead any cynics attempting to connect with planners or developers to draw their own conclusions.

In connection with the valid questions about 'permeability' of the site and its links into and through nearby residential areas, James Digby of Ashfield said in his interview with the Adver in 2010 when he addressed my concerns:

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“It’s going to be a family orientated restaurant and cinema. It’s not a scheme with bars.


Oh really?

Lets have a look at the businesses in addition to Morrisons and the cinema which have confirmed tenure:

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/10864898.New_restaurant_chain_confirmed_at_Regent_Circus_site/
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"We are delighted to add Jimmy’s Pan Asian Kitchen and Bar to the increasingly impressive menu at Regent Circus,” said Andrew [Fisher,Ashfield Land managing director ]


http://www.ashfieldland.co.uk/2013/09/17/new-restaurant-added-to-regent-circus-menu/
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Popular high street restaurant chain Coal Grill & Bar is the latest operator to sign a lease for one of the remaining units at the exciting new £50 million Regent Circus scheme in Swindon.


Does the Ask restaurant include a bar...?  Or the other tbc businesses?

Why do 'family' restaurants want 1.00am + licenses...?

Given the subsidence, the injured worker, the apparently cavalier attitude to the preservation of the old technical college, the traffic chaos, (and the slow dawning realisation that the building it truly hideous - possible even WORSE than the building it replaced) it seems something of a cursed development.

Lets hope its legacy doesn't match its less than glorious gestation.
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I regularly pause at Regents circus to examine the progress of the development. It's one ugly Mother of a building.

I also note that the service yard is likely to reflect/amplify/distribute sound made within it so, if I lived close to it, I'd be enquiring about or pushing for a curfew on vehicle movements and off-loading of goods at night and weekends.

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Well now that Dave Wood has been returned as Councillor maybe he would like to deal with this issue and make it his 130th!!
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I regularly pause at Regents circus to examine the progress of the development. It's one ugly Mother of a building.

I've been saying this right from the start.

Gary Perkins apparently thinks its 'a quality building' - but then again, we've learned a lot about the quality of his judgements over the last few years  :(

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I also note that the service yard is likely to reflect/amplify/distribute sound made within it so, if I lived close to it, I'd be enquiring about or pushing for a curfew on vehicle movements and off-loading of goods at night and weekends.

Except we know our concerns will be ignored by a developer who simply doesn't care about anything except profit, a local planning dept which care about nothing except delivering an iota of redevelopment, however ugly or compromised, and national building and planning policies which will surrender pretty much any ideal.

Whatever anyone else thinks about his faults, Dave will react when asked - which is why I guess Eastcott re-elected him (again). Whether they were influenced by Labour's recently announced desire to 'build the UK economy' out of recession is moot.
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Going slightly off subject but still on the same theme, as Garry Perkins our Degeneration King has been re elected I expect the slide into oblivion that will be our Town Centre will continue.

Fleming Way will be closed to all traffic except buses and the traffic will find other routes which may take people out of the town centre as quickly as they arrive, never to return.

If the Town Centre does die, as I expect, how long will Morrison's sustain their facility at Regents Circus? 

Only for as long as it makes money!

As for the Restaurant trade, will that site become a destination of choice or will that too die on its feet?

and how many years will it be before it is regenerated again?
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Of course they re elected him, the lib dem, hes a hard working councillor, have you seen his attendance record,
By the way, did you see the issue about the central ward, the lib dem man they say a Goan, but they cant prove it yet !!!!!!

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Don't matter what he is, and what's wrong with a Goan anyway? He didn't get in!
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