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Council sets aside compensation cash as firms to be relocated for new development

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SWINDON Council is preparing to take action to ensure the Kimmerfields development, in the town centre, can proceed as planned.

A request to issue a compulsory purchase order to buy several pockets of land around the proposed site will allow developers to move forward with the proposal.

There are nine areas in total and although most of the sites are small pieces of land with no buildings, one of the sites is next to the underpass near Debenhams and includes the Greggs and the Cornish Bakehouse shops.

If the CPO goes ahead,compensation will be available to ensure the development goes ahead. For this just over £1.6 million has been set aside.

Talks are ongoing with landowners to negotiate the deal but the CPO is being recommended in order to ensure everything can go ahead before a deadline in May this year.

If the council does not have control of the land by then, the deal with MUSE Developments will be under threat, although the deadline is expected to be extended.

The Whalebridge car park and the residential home were completed last year but the full development will see a new bus exchange, 600,000 square feet of business space and 150,000 square feet of retail space.

In order to build the bus exchange, the area of land surrounding the underpass will be brought onto one level and made pedestrian friendly which is why the shops need to be purchased, although figures close to the development do not believe it will be a problem.

“We are in discussions with the owners of the land and hope to reach agreements with them,“ said Coun Garry Perkins (Con, Shaw) Cabinet Member for Economy, Regeneration and Culture.

“Hopefully we will not need to use any of the orders but it gives the council another weapon to make sure everything can go ahead.

“We are not foreseeing any problems with buying the sections of land but two of them are in the hands of banks so may take a little longer to negotiate.

“I don’t think there will be any problem with the businesses because we have agreed they will be re-located.”

The next stage of development will be the demolition of the Wyvern Theatre car park and the bus station car park which is due to take place later this year.

Coun Perkins said: “Now the Whalebridge car park is open there are adequate spaces in the town centre so we are planning to demolish existing ones.

“A tender has gone out and I would expect that to happen some time in the next financial year which starts in April.

“We consulted with several groups on the demolition of the Wyvern car park and there were some concerns about access to the theatre with the new car park being too far away.

“We will therefore be putting in a ground level disabled carparking space so everyone has access.”

The proposal to authorise the CPO is due to go before the Cabinet next Wednesday.

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8:46am Thu 30 Jan 14

Al Smith says...

Good to see that there's progress on the development, not so good to see SBC having to dip into our pockets again to pay for something. Unlike MUSE who (if articles / SBC spin are to be believed) always seem to be telling SBC that it has to find £millions for this, that and another thing otherwise the development is under threat. Yet there's no real signs of development other than the council funded car park, housing association funded sheltered housing and presumably council funded balls-up of whalebridge roundabout!
Good to see that there's progress on the development, not so good to see SBC having to dip into our pockets again to pay for something. Unlike MUSE who (if articles / SBC spin are to be believed) always seem to be telling SBC that it has to find £millions for this, that and another thing otherwise the development is under threat. Yet there's no real signs of development other than the council funded car park, housing association funded sheltered housing and presumably council funded balls-up of whalebridge roundabout! Al Smith
  • Score: 13

9:26am Thu 30 Jan 14

Always Grumpy says...

This development has been dragging on for years. so why has this sort of thing been left to the last minute? Typical Swindon Council poor forward planning as usual it seems.
This development has been dragging on for years. so why has this sort of thing been left to the last minute? Typical Swindon Council poor forward planning as usual it seems. Always Grumpy
  • Score: 9

9:53am Thu 30 Jan 14

1 2 Could B says...

Why are taxpayers paying for a development.

"Planning" obviously has a different definition in the SBC dictionary
Why are taxpayers paying for a development. "Planning" obviously has a different definition in the SBC dictionary 1 2 Could B
  • Score: 5

10:09am Thu 30 Jan 14

Al Smith says...

Always Grumpy wrote:
This development has been dragging on for years. so why has this sort of thing been left to the last minute? Typical Swindon Council poor forward planning as usual it seems.
I think it's more like no forward planning.

Take the removal of whalebridge roundabout, if the new bus 'exchange' was being built and people could see stuff happening they'd probably be far more accepting. Yet here we are ages after the whalebridge works and only now are we talking about the CPOs necessary to even begin work on the bus station/exchange. I suspect we were probably told that the development would be under threat if the whalebridge alterations didn't take place.
[quote][p][bold]Always Grumpy[/bold] wrote: This development has been dragging on for years. so why has this sort of thing been left to the last minute? Typical Swindon Council poor forward planning as usual it seems.[/p][/quote]I think it's more like no forward planning. Take the removal of whalebridge roundabout, if the new bus 'exchange' was being built and people could see stuff happening they'd probably be far more accepting. Yet here we are ages after the whalebridge works and only now are we talking about the CPOs necessary to even begin work on the bus station/exchange. I suspect we were probably told that the development would be under threat if the whalebridge alterations didn't take place. Al Smith
  • Score: 7

11:08am Thu 30 Jan 14

trustnopolitician says...

Why waste money on retail space . Town centres retail is a thing of the past .

SBC cuddling up to developers again and as for the councillors why dont we get rid of half of them and save some cash.

Councillors allowances were £1500 a few years ago - they are now £7500 with no doubt an increase to come.

Sheer chaos is caused by the Whalebridge changes and I have little faith in the current proposals.
Why waste money on retail space . Town centres retail is a thing of the past . SBC cuddling up to developers again and as for the councillors why dont we get rid of half of them and save some cash. Councillors allowances were £1500 a few years ago - they are now £7500 with no doubt an increase to come. Sheer chaos is caused by the Whalebridge changes and I have little faith in the current proposals. trustnopolitician
  • Score: 15

12:40pm Thu 30 Jan 14

beach1e says...

and where is my compensation from the council for taking away recycling services before the end of the council tax year yet charging for them...some people would equate that to theft
and where is my compensation from the council for taking away recycling services before the end of the council tax year yet charging for them...some people would equate that to theft beach1e
  • Score: 15

1:32pm Thu 30 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

beach1e wrote:
and where is my compensation from the council for taking away recycling services before the end of the council tax year yet charging for them...some people would equate that to theft
Others would just move on and get a life!!!
[quote][p][bold]beach1e[/bold] wrote: and where is my compensation from the council for taking away recycling services before the end of the council tax year yet charging for them...some people would equate that to theft[/p][/quote]Others would just move on and get a life!!! house on the hill
  • Score: -10

2:53pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Wildwestener says...

house on the hill wrote:
beach1e wrote:
and where is my compensation from the council for taking away recycling services before the end of the council tax year yet charging for them...some people would equate that to theft
Others would just move on and get a life!!!
We are being mugged off by the COuncil on basis they can't afford services but are paying for all this rubbish. I've got a life and it's very nice but doesn't mean I don't agree with beach1e
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beach1e[/bold] wrote: and where is my compensation from the council for taking away recycling services before the end of the council tax year yet charging for them...some people would equate that to theft[/p][/quote]Others would just move on and get a life!!![/p][/quote]We are being mugged off by the COuncil on basis they can't afford services but are paying for all this rubbish. I've got a life and it's very nice but doesn't mean I don't agree with beach1e Wildwestener
  • Score: 8

5:56pm Thu 30 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

Sorry but when you look around the world, it really is such a small issue on recycling, I just feel some people don't look at the reality of the bigger picture. If you are that passionate about that I wonder how worked up you would get over the needless deaths of over a million kids a year in Africa or the lack of basic human rights in china. It just seems pretty pathetic in comparison that's all. Not how many will cope with Gregg's closing as that is a major food group for many in the town.....
Sorry but when you look around the world, it really is such a small issue on recycling, I just feel some people don't look at the reality of the bigger picture. If you are that passionate about that I wonder how worked up you would get over the needless deaths of over a million kids a year in Africa or the lack of basic human rights in china. It just seems pretty pathetic in comparison that's all. Not how many will cope with Gregg's closing as that is a major food group for many in the town..... house on the hill
  • Score: -4

6:00pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Richard Symonds says...

Why is the Council Tax Paying Public having to fund yet another Private Enterprise?
Can't Muse do it on their own?
and
Just how much has been spent on that excuse for a traffic system around Whalebridge that rat runs everywhere? Something that was considered imperative to enable the development for Muse to begin.
This waste of Public Money on Private Enterprise must stop NOW, SBC are not a bank or are they?
Why is the Council Tax Paying Public having to fund yet another Private Enterprise? Can't Muse do it on their own? and Just how much has been spent on that excuse for a traffic system around Whalebridge that rat runs everywhere? Something that was considered imperative to enable the development for Muse to begin. This waste of Public Money on Private Enterprise must stop NOW, SBC are not a bank or are they? Richard Symonds
  • Score: 10

7:53pm Thu 30 Jan 14

msw says...

AS long as it includes HD cctv I'll be happy, so we can keep track of the Morons that creep around the Town Centre and make people feel safe.
AS long as it includes HD cctv I'll be happy, so we can keep track of the Morons that creep around the Town Centre and make people feel safe. msw
  • Score: 0

8:10pm Thu 30 Jan 14

roberto5 says...

msw wrote:
AS long as it includes HD cctv I'll be happy, so we can keep track of the Morons that creep around the Town Centre and make people feel safe.
Arent we peeped on enough?
[quote][p][bold]msw[/bold] wrote: AS long as it includes HD cctv I'll be happy, so we can keep track of the Morons that creep around the Town Centre and make people feel safe.[/p][/quote]Arent we peeped on enough? roberto5
  • Score: 1

3:34pm Fri 31 Jan 14

candid friend says...

Is this the same Perkins involved in giving 400k to Rikki Hunt. Why is he still in a position of responsibility.
Is this the same Perkins involved in giving 400k to Rikki Hunt. Why is he still in a position of responsibility. candid friend
  • Score: 2

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