Dolphin Square in Streetlife debate
PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 September 2015
WITH many people in Weston-super-Mare still beside themselves with Banksy fever, Streetlife users have turned their attention to the announcement that the Dolphin Square site will be used as an overflow car park for the duration of the Dismaland exhibition.
The Mercury reported the derelict site will be open daily throughout the Tropicana exhibition from 10am to 4pm, and parking will cost £5 per car.
The Carlton Street site is owned by developers McLaren Life and is due for a £45million redevelopment, which is set to include a cinema, restaurants and shops.
Commentors on Streetlife greeted the car parking decision – which was made by North Somerset Council – with mixed opinions.
Claire S said: “I try not to be cynical on here, but it’s taken them three years to do anything with it (Dolphin Square) and now they can make a quick buck, they jump right to it.”
John C said: “If, as we’ve been told, this land is now owned by the developer, who is doing the work and more importantly, who is paying for it?”
Steve A added: “With thousands of people from all over the country/world walking past the site on the way to Dismaland, I’m surprised McLaren Life has done nothing to capitalise on the opportunity for attracting development investors.”
Rock Star, meanwhile, was confused about the decision being made by the council rather than McLaren Life.
He said: “When Weston folk have asked the council to do something, it says it no longer owns Dolphin Square. I thought it was now owned by the developer – who gets the money?”