Friday, January 12, 2007

Multi-story car park

"Blot on landscape" to be demolished soon.

Curly is glad to note that the multi-story car park in Mile End Road will eventually be demolished and should be gone by the end of spring. Described as a "blot on the landscape" by Cllr. Eddie McAtominey, the nasty looking car park will at last give way for a prestigious office development that Cllr. John Anglin believes will "kick start the evening economy" in the town centre. He rightly makes the point that parts of the town centre become morose between 4.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. and the addition of a couple of hundred office staff may help local bars and restaurants get the evening going just that little earlier.

Curly is quite supportive of the planned development but insists that an opportunity for niche shopping is not missed in the rush to build a new office block, as I have argued before this is an ideal time to create the small retail, small rent, units necessary for independent retailers, and would offset the loss of the shops that resided on the ground floor of the car park. I also believe that it would be right to insist on the highest standards of "green building" policy utilizing renewable materials wherever possible when the new development is eventually started, and this must also include an environmental travel plan to lessen the need for additional parking places.

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