|Just as well local bus services were chopped and the coach park cleared, |
the very week Bill Kenwright moved a show into town.
Before anyone gets too excited about the proposed 'new' North Westgate development as trumpeted by the increasingly gaff prone Dear Leader, bear in mind that many of his majority party councillors are up for re-election or oblivion in 2014! The local election campaign is clearly already underway.... The PBROTRIB had a feeling we had been here before and we have. Three times to be accurate.
Its not a new developer, Bristol based Hawksworth has owned property on the plot (the knocked down Six Bells pub) since February 2011! So why was Energy Company Boss Council Leader Cllr Marco Cereste so unwilling to reveal the details of his called secret talks? Bristol based Hawksworth Securities were previously snubbed by the council, in favour of the 'Greedy Option' the strung along, now very dumped Hammerson deal.
In any case, the outdated Queensgate shopping mall is still very much on the market, and say retail property gurus, likely to stay up for sale until the price comes down - by at least another £50 million. This Christmas shopping season will see if the council has done enough to attract out of town shoppers; as there is precious little money inside the City. 1 in 4 children in Peterborough are living in Poverty, according to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire this morning; at the start of their 'Children in Need' Day. (See our earlier post on poverty in this City).
Another developer who looked at the proposition for North Westgate, pulled out as they could not make the numbers work, so this looks like a facesaver project. A casino licence isn't likely to be issued for the City (see previous post on poverty in the City of Peterborough) any more than the Cathedral Square fountains work as specified, the Freemans 'solar farm' makes loads of money and the PCC Childrens Services under Cllr Sheila Scotts stewardship obtain and keep an Outstanding rating.
But one good thing Peter Breach of Bristol based Hawksworth has a connection with Coffee Republic! Just what we need, yet more coffee shops!
Peterborough Telegraph JANUARY 2012
Peterborough City Council confirmed that Hawksworth Securities, who purchased the [Six Bells] pub in February 2011, applied for permission in December to lease the plot to local car-washing businesses during the next two years.
Peter Breach, chairman of Hawksworth, said this week’s demolition work was part of the long-term North Westgate retail regeneration scheme, which they were “keen to move on with. It’s a shame having such dereliction in the centre of Peterborough. We are sorry to see the old Six Bells go but it was really isolated in that part of town.
“We have had interest shown from local people in running a car wash and we’ll be keeping a small bit of the building to use as an office or toilet for whoever takes on the land.”
The Bristol-based developer added that his long-term vision for the “mixed-use” site included a Debenhams department store, apartments for young people and retention of The Brewery Tap public house. “We want to build the pub’s owner Paul Hook into the project, with The Brewery Tap being a large part of the character of that area.”
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