What a mess up and poor value

ONCE again a councillor is trying to impose a 14-storey monstrosity filled with apartments bang in the commercial centre of the town

ONCE again a councillor is trying to impose a 14-storey monstrosity filled with apartments bang in the commercial centre of the town. It goes without saying Dolphin Square was built not so long ago by the council and what a mess up and poor value this has been. Yet it is now planned to redevelop the site at council taxpayers' expense by of all things, a council!Most people in Weston have applauded the British legion/Pegasus/Midas sea front development as it blends in with the area and looks attractive. Agreed, most of these will be filled with senior citizens, who in many cases have spent a busy working life living in places where work is available, sold up houses to incoming families seeking the same, and downtraded to more suitable affordable accommodation on the flat with views to enjoy for the rest of their lives.Ideas that a tower block is needed to make the project viable seem way off the mark. Why? Well, young couples have children and these need schools. None are available, hence a new one will be needed, so knock down Walliscote School and put up, say, a four-storey school to accommodate them, of course, at taxpayers expense. Next, with say 11 floors of apartments, a huge car park will be required. No problem, build it on the Beach Lawns where there is plenty of space! Please, Mr Councillor, give us a break and let's have a commercial developer's input, using a maximum of five floors for the projected area. There is no hurry. Dolphin Square will last a few more years.C J PEVERELLE - Edinburgh Place, Weston


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