HOT TOPIC: Dolphin Square changes are given a cautious thumbs-up
PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 September 2013
Mercury readers have shared their opinions over changes to plans for Dolphin Square which are expected to see a cinema, bowling alley and six restaurants open next year.
The Mercury reported how work will go ahead with the leisure operators on board, despite revealing that a failure to land big name retailers has prompted the developer to change its plans.
Our readers took to Facebook, Twitter and www.westonmercury.co.uk to share their opinions:
n “I’m happy we’re getting a Vue and Nandos, all we need is Primark now and I don’t have to waste petrol to take my better half to Bristol.” - Waz Coopey.
n “All this will do is pull people to the far end of town, and even more shops in high street will close.
“Odeon cinema is c**p - it is no wonder it is usually empty, it is so out of date.
“If we had a Vue in Weston it would save having to drive to Cribbs.” - Sara Gullick.
n “They say they’re concerned that Weston doesn’t have enough people spending money to sustain a larger retail area but I think that the reason people don’t spend the money is because there’s nothing decent to spend it on!
“Maybe if there was some decent shops to go to, the public would spend their money.
“Either way though, I think it could potentially create jobs for the locals and provide the much needed wages for those people to afford to be able to spend.” - Laura Hughes.
n “A new cinema! Fab - much better than the old Odeon! Fingers crossed it all goes through.....Weston needs new input in the town!” - Wendy Beacham.
n “The good news is they haven’t just walked away from the project or put it all on hold for years, so we’ll still get some jobs created from the leisure part that’s going ahead. I guess a concern would be them not building the retail part, only to end up with NSC saying: ‘Well, we could always use another car park.’
“Some nice areas of grass and plants would be superior than tarmac, well, that’s if the retail part doesn’t ever become a reality.
“Hard to see retailers coming forward, though. Especially given the struggle they face from high rent and online competition.” - Weston2010.
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