Demand for facelift of Peter Black site

The derelict former Peter Black toiletries factory has been described as an eyesore on the Trowbridge landscape

The derelict former Peter Black toiletries factory has been described as an eyesore on the Trowbridge landscape

First published in Latest News

WILTSHIRE Council is pushing receivers of the derelict Peter Black toiletries factory to make use of the site as it looks at more regeneration plans for Trowbridge.

The eyesore – off County Way, opposite Tesco, and near where the St Stephen’s Place cinema development is being built – has been closed for years and is now in a poor condition.

Tim Martienssen, the council’s head of service delivery, economy and regeneration, gave an update on the site’s future at last Thur-sday’s Trowbridge Area Board meeting, held at County Hall.

He said: “GVA Grimley, the agent acting on the part of the receivers, is keen to market the site and will be coming back to us with its plans.”

Over the winter, following a council request, work has been done to improve the site, but, because of the overgrown plants on the boundaries of the land, in Mortimer Street and County Way, it is preparing a section 215 notice to require any site problems to be addressed.

Mr Martienssen said: “My personal view is to flatten the site as soon as possible, but that may not be the council’s view.

“If GVA comes back to us and says it wants to sell the site, we will be pushing very hard on this.”

The area board had expected an update on the site from the council’s economy and service regeneration director, Alistair Cunningham, but he was called away.

The Area Board chairman, Councillor Graham Payne, said: “I’m very disappointed he’s not here and I’d like Alistair Cunningham to be informed of our displeasure.

“We have been discussing the Peter Black site for the last 12 months at least and if you go around the town everyone is concerned and asks what is going on with that eyesore when there is a new development coming, trying to sell Trowbridge.”

Mr Martienssen also said Wiltshire Council was working on a master plan to continue the regeneration of Trowbridge, with the St Stephen’s Palace development and planned improvements to the former Bowyers site becoming focal points for the town.

He said: “This is an evolving vision for the town, putting family at the heart of Trowbridge.

“A fundamental requirement is that the town centre is easily accessible from the train station, incorporating the development.”

The council is working with Transforming Trow-bridge on the master plan, with the campus project and improved shopping and leisure facilities being at the centre of considerations.

After this year’s council elections there will be a six-week public consultation, with a series of events.

The area board will be hosting a workshop on the master plan.

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12:20pm Sun 27 Jan 13

jigsaw 5 says...

Don't flatten Peter blacks site, think of the foreign homeless that live there. It's a great advert for an evolving Trowbridge (County town of Wiltshire) that we care. Would they get discount for being cinema neighbours due to disruption to their peace?
Don't flatten Peter blacks site, think of the foreign homeless that live there. It's a great advert for an evolving Trowbridge (County town of Wiltshire) that we care. Would they get discount for being cinema neighbours due to disruption to their peace? jigsaw 5
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3:42pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Do you have tangible evidence that homeless (foreign or otherwise) actually live there?
Do you have tangible evidence that homeless (foreign or otherwise) actually live there? Mrs Donnyfly
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6:06pm Sun 27 Jan 13

beetawix says...

It should be blown up, but it is probably better to leave it - the rubble would be lying there for even more years.

It is time to stop referring to it as Peter Black's. It is nothing to do with Peter black.
It should be blown up, but it is probably better to leave it - the rubble would be lying there for even more years. It is time to stop referring to it as Peter Black's. It is nothing to do with Peter black. beetawix
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8:36pm Sun 27 Jan 13

jigsaw 5 says...

Yes they live there until the police get a phone call. And if you don't believe me , my mate is a police officer and been there 6 times in the last 2 weeks and also the multi storey and the river walk alley.
Yes they live there until the police get a phone call. And if you don't believe me , my mate is a police officer and been there 6 times in the last 2 weeks and also the multi storey and the river walk alley. jigsaw 5
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9:30pm Sun 27 Jan 13

trowbridge52 says...

its an eyesore surely if they knock it down and remove the rubble it would look better,especially with the Premier Inn being built close to it, what an eyesore to have a visitor stay in the Premier Inn wake up and open the curtains to that, are they trying to make people regret coming to Trowbridge.
its an eyesore surely if they knock it down and remove the rubble it would look better,especially with the Premier Inn being built close to it, what an eyesore to have a visitor stay in the Premier Inn wake up and open the curtains to that, are they trying to make people regret coming to Trowbridge. trowbridge52
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12:56pm Wed 30 Jan 13

ohjanet says...

Shame it can't be flattened and used as a car park. Especially as the new library has no dedicated parking - just try visiting mid-week. But then, even temporary parking would actually be useful, so no chance of that then.
Shame it can't be flattened and used as a car park. Especially as the new library has no dedicated parking - just try visiting mid-week. But then, even temporary parking would actually be useful, so no chance of that then. ohjanet
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11:28am Thu 31 Jan 13

Trowrez says...

I'm surprised this site has been allowed to remain in this unsecured state of dis-repair for so long in respect of Health & Safety. I can't imagine this building will ever be refurbished and re-occupied so it will be demolished at some point. I don't think the costs would be that great either with high scrap value's and the amount of re-cycling required these days. I'm sure L&G and any future purchaser of the Peter Black's site would want this site cleared in addition to the General Public and the Council who wanted to get a demolition order on it. So, the only sticking point appears to GVA who I assume don't want to take responsibility for the site? They just want maximum capital gain with the minimum expenditure. I dont think they should be allowed that luxury.
I'm surprised this site has been allowed to remain in this unsecured state of dis-repair for so long in respect of Health & Safety. I can't imagine this building will ever be refurbished and re-occupied so it will be demolished at some point. I don't think the costs would be that great either with high scrap value's and the amount of re-cycling required these days. I'm sure L&G and any future purchaser of the Peter Black's site would want this site cleared in addition to the General Public and the Council who wanted to get a demolition order on it. So, the only sticking point appears to GVA who I assume don't want to take responsibility for the site? They just want maximum capital gain with the minimum expenditure. I dont think they should be allowed that luxury. Trowrez
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7:39am Fri 1 Feb 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Whose health and safety is at risk? No-one is in there, if there is then they shouldn't be, so tough. If the owners of the site want to make maximum capital gain from their property then that's up to them - it's theirs.
Whose health and safety is at risk? No-one is in there, if there is then they shouldn't be, so tough. If the owners of the site want to make maximum capital gain from their property then that's up to them - it's theirs. Mrs Donnyfly
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8:49am Fri 1 Feb 13

Trowrez says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
Whose health and safety is at risk? No-one is in there, if there is then they shouldn't be, so tough. If the owners of the site want to make maximum capital gain from their property then that's up to them - it's theirs.
I won't go into details but unfortunately the law is not that simple. I have no problem with the owners of the site making money provided they have forfilled their legal obligations to maintain the site/building in the meantime. but it appears they haven't. that's the point of this news article.
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: Whose health and safety is at risk? No-one is in there, if there is then they shouldn't be, so tough. If the owners of the site want to make maximum capital gain from their property then that's up to them - it's theirs.[/p][/quote]I won't go into details but unfortunately the law is not that simple. I have no problem with the owners of the site making money provided they have forfilled their legal obligations to maintain the site/building in the meantime. but it appears they haven't. that's the point of this news article. Trowrez
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