Demolition of Meadway Blocks Kicks Off etc
There have been a number of local development projects that I have been concerned about. It is always a challenge keeping things on track as politicians do not have the authority to instruct people to develop sites. We do seem to have a local group of "rent an arsonist" who attack closed pubs. They hit the Yew Tree and Wagon and Horses some time ago. Then the Manor House (which is now demolished) and now the Ring O Bells is looking rather sad.
It is sad to see these buildings disappearing, but as things change it becomes difficult to maintain traditional structures. Government policy has caused problems for pubs for many years and there does not seem to be any shift in direction.
The Wagon and Horses is now Aldi. The original proposal here was a non-starter, but we could not leave the site in the state it was. This is the outcome.
Which looks better than the Ring O Bells now looks (this remains an issue to be resolved)
After many years nudging the project back onto the rails after it comes off the tracks the Swan Redevelopment is progressing.
We have, of course, in the above picture Bakeman House. Wheeldon House is now getting similar improvements.
As did Frogmoor, Gosmoor and Danesmoor in the past.
However, the meadway blocks are being demolished and the site redeveloped.
Which leaves The Manor House and the Iron Lane junction as another place to be resolved. We hope to have a new plan for this triangle in the current financial year.