Demolition ‘will rip heart’ from village

Swindon Advertiser: Councillor Derique Montaut outside the Eldene Village Centre Councillor Derique Montaut outside the Eldene Village Centre

MANY people would say the heart of a community is its shops, and that is why one councillor has condemned a decison to pull down a retail centre in Eldene.

A planning application to demolish the 1970s Eldene Shopping Centre has been submitted to Swindon Council by the authority.

Under the proposals the retail outlet will be ripped down as early as March 1.

This decision was first announced by Swindon Council last year as part of the new Morrison’s arriving in the area.

But Derique Montaut said it is another nail in the coffin for Eldene residents who found out that around £50,000 set aside to breathe fresh life into the tired village centre would not be allocated to the area.

Nearly two years ago, Councillor Rod Bluh, who was leader of the council at the time, announced that £900,000 would be spent on rejuvenating tired centres such as Covingham Square, Liden, Eldene, Toothill, Freshbrook and Guildford Avenue, in Lawn.

Earlier this year, that sum was slashed to £450,00 and Eldene residents were told they would not be receiving one penny of the investment.

It is argued that because a 25,000 sq ft Morrison’s superstore, with 250 car parking spaces, was going to be built on the former site of Dorcan House in Dorcan Way, the area no longer required funds from the council as this scheme is estimated to bring £15m-worth of investment and about 250 jobs to Swindon.

But Coun Montaut, who represents Liden, Eldene and Park South, disagrees. He said the move is going to destroy the heart of the village.

“I’m concerned for people in Eldene,” said Coun Montaut.

“There is no guarantee that it won’t be left as a building site. There were all sorts of big plans for this area and now they are getting nothing. People have gone back on their words and I think everybody feels very let down.

“The shopping centre is in the heart of the community. The council has a moral duty to their local residents to ensure there are community facilities.”

Councillor Dale Heenan, cabinet member for strategic planning and sustainability, said “Residents can now see for themselves the millions invested in the new site by Morrisons.

“The existing businesses at Eldene Centre are relocating across the road, and it is shaping up to be quite a smart site which does look like the original artist’s impression that was promised. In the year ahead, Swindon Council will consider plans for the future of the Eldene centre site and most importantly the community centre.

“With 200 new jobs on the way, I think Coun Montaut needs to reflect on his New Year’s resolutions because being positive for his area and less emotive sniping should be at the top of his list to start 2014.”

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7:08am Fri 3 Jan 14

Blackwell 2 says...

I don't have much faith in Derique Montaut's opinion.
Looking at the comments on another article it would seem others share the same opinion

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I don't have much faith in Derique Montaut's opinion. Looking at the comments on another article it would seem others share the same opinion http://www.thisiswil tshire.co.uk/news/98 11281.Young_high_fly er_to_take_on_Tomlin son_in_North_Swindon /?ref=rss Blackwell 2

7:50am Fri 3 Jan 14

Ringer says...

I don't think even Derique Montaut has much faith in Derique Montaut's opinion.
I don't think even Derique Montaut has much faith in Derique Montaut's opinion. Ringer

8:16am Fri 3 Jan 14

John~R says...

Usual problem with SBC: Lack of forward thinking about what to do with the building or site. The existing building is "tired" (as is commonly the case with buildings of that era) but demolition involves throwing away the original investment and refurbishment for a new use might be a viable alternative.
Usual problem with SBC: Lack of forward thinking about what to do with the building or site. The existing building is "tired" (as is commonly the case with buildings of that era) but demolition involves throwing away the original investment and refurbishment for a new use might be a viable alternative. John~R

8:31am Fri 3 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

John~R wrote:
Usual problem with SBC: Lack of forward thinking about what to do with the building or site. The existing building is "tired" (as is commonly the case with buildings of that era) but demolition involves throwing away the original investment and refurbishment for a new use might be a viable alternative.
Its not a lack its a complete empty hole, forward thinking and SBC will never go together in the same sentence.
[quote][p][bold]John~R[/bold] wrote: Usual problem with SBC: Lack of forward thinking about what to do with the building or site. The existing building is "tired" (as is commonly the case with buildings of that era) but demolition involves throwing away the original investment and refurbishment for a new use might be a viable alternative.[/p][/quote]Its not a lack its a complete empty hole, forward thinking and SBC will never go together in the same sentence. house on the hill

9:14am Fri 3 Jan 14

Robh says...

This is yet another display of total disregard for the public. Councillor Dale Heenan and the rest should stop double talking the residents and tell them everything being planned and not just a selection.
This is yet another display of total disregard for the public. Councillor Dale Heenan and the rest should stop double talking the residents and tell them everything being planned and not just a selection. Robh

9:25am Fri 3 Jan 14

Morsey says...

It's Morrisons' money NOT SBC investment Cllr Heenan! Once again claiming a Tory victory.
It's Morrisons' money NOT SBC investment Cllr Heenan! Once again claiming a Tory victory. Morsey

10:19am Fri 3 Jan 14

swindondad says...

Morsey wrote:
It's Morrisons' money NOT SBC investment Cllr Heenan! Once again claiming a Tory victory.
It is a Tory policy (thankfully) to get the private sector to invest so that the tax payer (local or national) does not have to.

BTW Eldene is not a “Village” it is a housing estate.
[quote][p][bold]Morsey[/bold] wrote: It's Morrisons' money NOT SBC investment Cllr Heenan! Once again claiming a Tory victory.[/p][/quote]It is a Tory policy (thankfully) to get the private sector to invest so that the tax payer (local or national) does not have to. BTW Eldene is not a “Village” it is a housing estate. swindondad

11:12am Fri 3 Jan 14

Oik1 says...

BTW Eldene is not a “Village” it is a housing estate.
Well said!
As it's reported that Mr Montaut represents Park South amongst others perhaps he could explain why the Cavendish Square regeneration was never finished once the developers had completed the private housing?
If he has any real interest in the local residents of his ward lets see him tackle that and come back with some honest answers.
As for the shops that are coming down in Eldene, I for one won't miss them as they are being replaced by something head and shoulders above what's in place at the moment.
BTW Eldene is not a “Village” it is a housing estate. Well said! As it's reported that Mr Montaut represents Park South amongst others perhaps he could explain why the Cavendish Square regeneration was never finished once the developers had completed the private housing? If he has any real interest in the local residents of his ward lets see him tackle that and come back with some honest answers. As for the shops that are coming down in Eldene, I for one won't miss them as they are being replaced by something head and shoulders above what's in place at the moment. Oik1

11:13am Fri 3 Jan 14

Davey Gravey says...

It's great that Morrisons has set up in the area as Eldene centre is a dump. The other shops are moving there too(apart from the co-op) so as long as the current shops are flattened and left tidy there is not really much issue in that regard. Is that going to happen or will it be a pile of rubble?

Like Sussex Square it will mean losing some social housing though and as i mentioned in that thread where are the people housed there going to live?
It's great that Morrisons has set up in the area as Eldene centre is a dump. The other shops are moving there too(apart from the co-op) so as long as the current shops are flattened and left tidy there is not really much issue in that regard. Is that going to happen or will it be a pile of rubble? Like Sussex Square it will mean losing some social housing though and as i mentioned in that thread where are the people housed there going to live? Davey Gravey

11:57am Fri 3 Jan 14

The Real Librarian says...

What does Derek propose they do with it?
What does Derek propose they do with it? The Real Librarian

12:07pm Fri 3 Jan 14

bussy1 says...

swindondad wrote:
Morsey wrote:
It's Morrisons' money NOT SBC investment Cllr Heenan! Once again claiming a Tory victory.
It is a Tory policy (thankfully) to get the private sector to invest so that the tax payer (local or national) does not have to.

BTW Eldene is not a “Village” it is a housing estate.
Sure, Eldene IS a village, it's just up the lane from the hamlets of Park South and Park North :0)
[quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Morsey[/bold] wrote: It's Morrisons' money NOT SBC investment Cllr Heenan! Once again claiming a Tory victory.[/p][/quote]It is a Tory policy (thankfully) to get the private sector to invest so that the tax payer (local or national) does not have to. BTW Eldene is not a “Village” it is a housing estate.[/p][/quote]Sure, Eldene IS a village, it's just up the lane from the hamlets of Park South and Park North :0) bussy1

12:09pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Mango man says...

Small shopping centres such as Eldene, Liden and Covingham should all be flattened. The shops are all tired , the feral youth congregate around them causing untold drunken nuisance and they're generally just an eyesore. If the council can't sort these places out then get rid and build new 21st century amenities such as Morrisons in Eldene
Small shopping centres such as Eldene, Liden and Covingham should all be flattened. The shops are all tired , the feral youth congregate around them causing untold drunken nuisance and they're generally just an eyesore. If the council can't sort these places out then get rid and build new 21st century amenities such as Morrisons in Eldene Mango man

12:15pm Fri 3 Jan 14

swindondad says...

Village:- noun
group of houses and associated buildings, larger than a hamlet and smaller than a town, situated in a rural area:

That does not sound like Eldene or Abbey Meads for that matter, why do we put up with this mis use of the English language.
Village:- noun group of houses and associated buildings, larger than a hamlet and smaller than a town, situated in a rural area: That does not sound like Eldene or Abbey Meads for that matter, why do we put up with this mis use of the English language. swindondad

12:52pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Blackwell 2 says...

The Real Librarian wrote:
What does Derek propose they do with it?
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[quote][p][bold]The Real Librarian[/bold] wrote: What does Derek propose they do with it?[/p][/quote]http://www.thisiswil tshire.co.uk/news/98 11281.Young_high_fly er_to_take_on_Tomlin son_in_North_Swindon /?ref=rss Blackwell 2

1:12pm Fri 3 Jan 14

bellyup says...

Ask anyone who loves in Eldene what they think about the current state of the shops and they'll all say they are an eyesore. All the units (bar Co-op) are moving to Morrisons and the community centre and pub are staying behind. As long as they don't leave it a bunch of rubble like The Bulldog, it can only be a good thing.
Ask anyone who loves in Eldene what they think about the current state of the shops and they'll all say they are an eyesore. All the units (bar Co-op) are moving to Morrisons and the community centre and pub are staying behind. As long as they don't leave it a bunch of rubble like The Bulldog, it can only be a good thing. bellyup

1:20pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Laneylane says...

Looking forward to seeing the back of that eyesore and being able to shop locally at a reasonable price at Morrisons which will have much more choice that the overpriced Coop. Eldene is not a village just a cheaper area to buy a property than Covingham or Coleview.
Looking forward to seeing the back of that eyesore and being able to shop locally at a reasonable price at Morrisons which will have much more choice that the overpriced Coop. Eldene is not a village just a cheaper area to buy a property than Covingham or Coleview. Laneylane

1:31pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Ringer says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
It's great that Morrisons has set up in the area as Eldene centre is a dump. The other shops are moving there too(apart from the co-op) so as long as the current shops are flattened and left tidy there is not really much issue in that regard. Is that going to happen or will it be a pile of rubble?

Like Sussex Square it will mean losing some social housing though and as i mentioned in that thread where are the people housed there going to live?
If there's one thing you can be sure of, it is that if anyone in 'social housing' is remotely inconvenienced they will be looked after perfectly well at our expense.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: It's great that Morrisons has set up in the area as Eldene centre is a dump. The other shops are moving there too(apart from the co-op) so as long as the current shops are flattened and left tidy there is not really much issue in that regard. Is that going to happen or will it be a pile of rubble? Like Sussex Square it will mean losing some social housing though and as i mentioned in that thread where are the people housed there going to live?[/p][/quote]If there's one thing you can be sure of, it is that if anyone in 'social housing' is remotely inconvenienced they will be looked after perfectly well at our expense. Ringer

2:15pm Fri 3 Jan 14

attilla the hun says...

Yet another photo opportunity that's not to be missed by derique, who by the way as I recal lives neither in eldene or park south, I live in park south and I see the morrisons development as a bonus for the area , has derique ever shopped in the over priced local shops he champions ?, think about those local people who don't have transport and will benefit hugely from more choice and lower prices
Yet another photo opportunity that's not to be missed by derique, who by the way as I recal lives neither in eldene or park south, I live in park south and I see the morrisons development as a bonus for the area , has derique ever shopped in the over priced local shops he champions ?, think about those local people who don't have transport and will benefit hugely from more choice and lower prices attilla the hun

4:00pm Fri 3 Jan 14

cmed@live.co.uk says...

I think he should keep his nose out, eldene centre is a dump, I can't wait for the new store bad units to open.
I think he should keep his nose out, eldene centre is a dump, I can't wait for the new store bad units to open. cmed@live.co.uk

4:00pm Fri 3 Jan 14

cmed@live.co.uk says...

cmed@live.co.uk wrote:
I think he should keep his nose out, eldene centre is a dump, I can't wait for the new store bad units to open.
....new store and units.....
[quote][p][bold]cmed@live.co.uk[/bold] wrote: I think he should keep his nose out, eldene centre is a dump, I can't wait for the new store bad units to open.[/p][/quote]....new store and units..... cmed@live.co.uk

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