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Worth the upheaval in Pinehurst
CONTRACTORS have taken control and locked down Pinehurst’s £1.2m shopping development, but the community is confident the upheaval and road closures will be worth it in the long run.
Swindon Commercial Services (SCS) was handed the keys to the shopping precinct in The Circle last Thursday and has already stationed a container on site, while the now empty One Stop convenience store has been boarded up with metal panels.
Demolition of the building which previously housed Simply Red unisex hair salon and Pinehurst Fisheries fish and chip shop as well as One Stop, will not start until the end of the school summer holidays, according to Swindon Council.
Once demolition work ends, construction will begin, which will last approximately 34 to 35 weeks, with June and July of next year earmarked as potential dates for reopening.
This week, a pre-demolition survey of the building will be conducted, before operation equipment is moved in ahead of work commencing.
He said: “It’s a necessary evil. You cannot have a construction like that without it creating some problems for some people for a short period of time.
“People are looking forward to it because the existing buildings were very dated.
The new One Stop will offer a lot more to customers, but also the other two businesses will be retained, which is important to the community.”
Of the three original businesses, Simply Red unisex hair salon has already relocated to the former CAB building in Linden Avenue, whilst One Stop convenience store has opened at the former library in The Circle, and Pinehurst Fisheries fish and chip shop will close for the duration of the build.
During the build, there will be limited access to The Circle between Laburnum Road and Beech Avenue.
The arrangement of One Stop and the old library has proved a success in the short-term, according to Coun Ballman.
“One of the things people have said it to me, is how pleased they are the shop has remained open. They have found it a very acceptable situation since it opened, though there are some concerns over parking at the back of the library building,” he said.
Kerrie Paynton, 34, of Ash Grove, is excited by the prospect of the new shopping precinct.
She said: “It’s going to be of benefit to local residents if there is more on offer in the shop, as well as the chance for better offers too hopefully.
“Who knows? It might even bring more jobs to the area.”
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