Knees could have waited for Bowyers development decision - Trowbridge councillor

Wiltshire Times: Knees could have waited for Bowyers development decision - Trowbridge councillor Knees could have waited for Bowyers development decision - Trowbridge councillor

The Knees family have been warned that their decision to move out of Trowbridge town centre might be a hasty one due to the increase in footfall that development of the former Bowyers site could create.

Wiltshire and Trowbridge Town Councillor John Knight believes the company should have waited until after the outcome of developer Prorsus’ appeal to build a £46m leisure park at the derelict site next to Trowbridge Train Station, before deciding to move.

If the Planning Inspectorate accepts the appeal, which will begin at Trowbridge Civic Centre on January 7, the former food factory would home a Cineworld, Morrisons, six restaurants and a pub.

Even if the appeal were rejected, permission has already been granted for the plans, minus the cinema, by Wiltshire Council.

Cllr Knight said: “Whichever way the inquiry goes there is going to be a development there, which is going to change the footfall to the whole area.

“After all these years it’s not hard to wait another six months to see what happens.”

Others feel the departure of Knees offers an opportunity for more businesses to come to the town centre.

Lance Allan, Trowbridge town clerk, said: “I don’t necessarily think this is a bad thing for Fore Street, as we’ve now filled an empty unit at the Spitfire and have a great chance to welcome more business to the town centre.

“Our big concern is for the staff who might be made redundant due to Knees moving.”

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10:08am Mon 23 Dec 13

beetawix says...

they could have but they didn't
they could have but they didn't beetawix

10:25am Mon 23 Dec 13

Grumpyoldgit99 says...

This is a bit rich as Wiltshire have done everything in their power to squash the proposed development. The Bowyers plans were in before that of St. Stephen's place but have been opposed every inch of the way.
This is a bit rich as Wiltshire have done everything in their power to squash the proposed development. The Bowyers plans were in before that of St. Stephen's place but have been opposed every inch of the way. Grumpyoldgit99

12:47pm Mon 23 Dec 13

noodles3 says...

I don't understand why they would build another Cinema in Trowbridge to take business away from the one they have just built, why not do a Bowling Complex or Ice Skating ????????
I don't understand why they would build another Cinema in Trowbridge to take business away from the one they have just built, why not do a Bowling Complex or Ice Skating ???????? noodles3

1:28pm Mon 23 Dec 13

AMVanquish007 says...

Because Noodles3-the catchment is large enough for 2 cinemas to operate comfortably and secondly most bowling complexes do not go into developments unless there is a cinema on the same development.
As for ice rinks,the one in Bristol did not pay due to maintenance costs and serviced the public only. They are usually only commercially viable when it is located in an arena seating 10000 plus and has an established sponsored ice hockey team to ofset the costs
Because Noodles3-the catchment is large enough for 2 cinemas to operate comfortably and secondly most bowling complexes do not go into developments unless there is a cinema on the same development. As for ice rinks,the one in Bristol did not pay due to maintenance costs and serviced the public only. They are usually only commercially viable when it is located in an arena seating 10000 plus and has an established sponsored ice hockey team to ofset the costs AMVanquish007

4:52pm Mon 23 Dec 13

moonrakin wurzel says...

Ah... the dynamic team that brought you outdoor snooker at it again then...

http://www.wiltshire
times.co.uk/news/981
6070.Funding_brings_
snooker_outdoors_to_
Trowbridge_park/

Bible, 'Proverbs' 17:28.
Ah... the dynamic team that brought you outdoor snooker at it again then... http://www.wiltshire times.co.uk/news/981 6070.Funding_brings_ snooker_outdoors_to_ Trowbridge_park/ Bible, 'Proverbs' 17:28. moonrakin wurzel

10:25pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Darned_peasants says...

Should have built housing/flats there instead of destroying more green belt land.
Should have built housing/flats there instead of destroying more green belt land. Darned_peasants

1:48am Wed 25 Dec 13

Peter Griff says...

Maybe if the Councillors hadn't agreed to the Gateway shopping centre then the town would of still had a chance with retail shops instead of charity, coffee and betting ones?
Maybe if the Councillors hadn't agreed to the Gateway shopping centre then the town would of still had a chance with retail shops instead of charity, coffee and betting ones? Peter Griff

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