The Dolphin Square disaster of the 1950s

I WAS taken aback to find a plan to redevelop Victoria Square sector suddenly jumping out of the woodwork, having never been mentioned before, but it all became clear when the names

I WAS taken aback to find a plan to redevelop Victoria Square sector suddenly jumping out of the woodwork, having never been mentioned before, but it all became clear when the names Cook and Brentnall were mentioned. There has, so far, only been one major redevelopment in Weston and that was the Dolphin Square disaster of the late 50s when a large number of residents of Carlton Street were removed from their houses (offered £1 compensation) under a scheme that never happened. Any modern refurbishment of large blocks of this town must be integrated to fit in with everything else because we don't want or need anyone's pet project being dumped on us.The publicity for the Victoria Square idea is not part of any integrated plan because it mentions another eight-screen cinema, a similar idea to part of the Tropicana scheme. If the people concerned don't know about the multiplex idea for the Tropicana they are not well enough informed to come up with ideas for Weston. The only alternative would seem to be they have been told the Tropicana scheme will not take place, information that should be strictly confidential. Victoria Square really could do with an overhaul, no argument about that, but it should be done by experts and via the council, and not by people who are apparently fixated on the idea of 'a big store'.BRIAN AUSTIN - Alma Street, Weston


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