Hot Topic: What to do with Dolphin Square?

An artist's impression of what Dolphin Square will look like when complete.

An artist's impression of what Dolphin Square will look like when complete. - Credit: Archant

WITH building work not due to start until September at Dolphin Square and difficulties in getting retailers to sign up to the project, members of Streetlife have come up with ideas as to what the site could be used for.

Dolphin Square, Carlton Street redevelopment site.

Dolphin Square, Carlton Street redevelopment site. - Credit: Archant

Developer McLaren Life has vowed to start building the leisure sector in the early autumn, which will include a cinema, bowling alley and several restaurants.

But a number of Streetlife users believe there are more pressing needs for Weston’s town centre.

Currently visitors travelling to Weston by coach get dropped off outside the derelict Tropicana and Nick Page thinks Dolphin Square could offer an alternative.

He said: “An all-singing, all-dancing state-of-the-art bus station would be nice for the local buses, National Express and all coaches dropping off day trippers.

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“That would free up the seafront of large vehicles.”

Jan B called for a swimming pool while Jeanette E said a market would be a good use for the site.

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Graham Jennings also wanted to see something different at Dolphin Square, suggesting a permanent fun fair or amusement park instead.

However Tony W is unconvinced the site will chance much in the near future, despite McLaren Life’s assurances construction will start in September.

He said: “I just have this feeling we will be having this same discussion in 12 months time. That would be a shame.

“However, I wonder if flats will in the end be built on the site.”

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