Get a move on and remove this eyesore, say Trowbridge residents

Wiltshire Times: Nearby residents want answers about the future of former council offices in Bradley Road Nearby residents want answers about the future of former council offices in Bradley Road

Frustrated Trowbridge residents are calling on Wiltshire Council to hurry up and knock down its empty offices in Bradley Road.

The block was one of 95 closed by the council as part of a cost-cutting exercise, with only three main hubs remaining.

Wiltshire Council stated that knocking down the Bradley Road offices, closed last year, would save about £450 a day in council tax and national non-domestic rates.

Once demolished, its land will be put up for sale.

Anthony Barber, who lives opposite the offices, said: “We have not heard anything. It would be nice to know the plans for the site, but the council has not bothered sending us anything.”

Hoardings went up at the site several weeks ago, but demolition has still to start.

Residents have been upset that the boards have blocked a public pathway. Some believe a lack of lighting in the area, after supplies to street lights stopped, has led to an increase in vandalism, with office windows smashed.

Wiltshire and Trowbridge councillor Graham Payne, who represents the area, said: “Keith Humphries, the cabinet member for public health, tells me that the council are looking for a continuing care home site in Trowbridge. This would be the ideal location. What the people who live here don’t want is another retail shed development.”

Cllr Payne, who is also the Area Board chairman, said an appropriate development should be swiftly built to avoid another eyesore like “Mount Crushmore”, which stood derelict for year before the St Stephens Place Leisure Park was built on it.

Wiltshire Council is investing in community campuses across Wiltshire, to replace old office buildings.

A council spokesperson said: “Our former Bradley Road offices are currently being stripped out. This includes safely removing asbestos and anything which can be reused or recycled.

“Following this there will be a controlled demolition, and the site will then be marketed next year.”

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3:25pm Sat 7 Dec 13

beetawix says...

Not a lot of common sense here.
Frustration was mentioned. Surely an exaggeration considering how long the building has functioned there.
Why worry about smashed windows if it is soon to be demolished?
Council not bothered to tell residents? well they didn't tell me either and I know what the given reason is.I saw it here.

Residents want to "avoid another eyesore"
Wiltshire Times in typical dishonest fashion alters this to "wants eyesore removed"
Not a lot of common sense here. Frustration was mentioned. Surely an exaggeration considering how long the building has functioned there. Why worry about smashed windows if it is soon to be demolished? Council not bothered to tell residents? well they didn't tell me either and I know what the given reason is.I saw it here. Residents want to "avoid another eyesore" Wiltshire Times in typical dishonest fashion alters this to "wants eyesore removed" beetawix

9:48am Sun 8 Dec 13

Lord Newbold says...

When a building is in full operating mode. Employees arriving and leaving. Clients arriving to make an appointment, or to attend an appointment. This type of activity makes the building more acceptable. With the added bonus security to nearby properties due to the buildings activities.

Now the Council have vacated the building for what they say financial reasons imposed on them.
Councillors and Officers drag their feet when they should have been getting the very best demolition price for the building. When the building was vacated council Officers with permission of the elected members should have had a demolition company ready to start. I am of the opinion that the council is in dereliction of their duties.
When the building was in a sound condition, there was money in fixtures and fittings even the brickwork could have been recycled, and would have been taken into consideration by any responsible demolition company when tendering for the contract to demolish this particular building.

However, due to the vandalism that has taken place we can expect that the cost of demolition to be much higher. Still the Councillors do not care how much it costs. They will just use the council tax that they have collected.
When a building is in full operating mode. Employees arriving and leaving. Clients arriving to make an appointment, or to attend an appointment. This type of activity makes the building more acceptable. With the added bonus security to nearby properties due to the buildings activities. Now the Council have vacated the building for what they say financial reasons imposed on them. Councillors and Officers drag their feet when they should have been getting the very best demolition price for the building. When the building was vacated council Officers with permission of the elected members should have had a demolition company ready to start. I am of the opinion that the council is in dereliction of their duties. When the building was in a sound condition, there was money in fixtures and fittings even the brickwork could have been recycled, and would have been taken into consideration by any responsible demolition company when tendering for the contract to demolish this particular building. However, due to the vandalism that has taken place we can expect that the cost of demolition to be much higher. Still the Councillors do not care how much it costs. They will just use the council tax that they have collected. Lord Newbold

2:37pm Sun 8 Dec 13

beetawix says...

Lord Brake, apart from the odd window to clear up what vandalism has caused a 'much' higher demolition cost?
Where did you get the information that councillors don't care how much it costs and was it all councillors or just some councillors?
Lord Brake, apart from the odd window to clear up what vandalism has caused a 'much' higher demolition cost? Where did you get the information that councillors don't care how much it costs and was it all councillors or just some councillors? beetawix

3:33pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Lord Newbold says...

@ beetawix

Sir/Madam,
When a tender for demolition is requested usually the demolitions firms representative will visit the property to be demolished to assess what his firm can salvage for resale. If the building has been maintained then certain fixtures and fitting maybe salvaged and sold on to a buyer. Bricks can be reclaimed and sold to builders as used bricks, Roof tiles are another product that a demolition firm will resell. However, if windows have been damaged and the elements of weather have penetrated into the interior of the building. Damage cause will no doubt have detrimental effect on the price the representative will finally arrive at.
@ beetawix Sir/Madam, When a tender for demolition is requested usually the demolitions firms representative will visit the property to be demolished to assess what his firm can salvage for resale. If the building has been maintained then certain fixtures and fitting maybe salvaged and sold on to a buyer. Bricks can be reclaimed and sold to builders as used bricks, Roof tiles are another product that a demolition firm will resell. However, if windows have been damaged and the elements of weather have penetrated into the interior of the building. Damage cause will no doubt have detrimental effect on the price the representative will finally arrive at. Lord Newbold

8:45pm Sun 8 Dec 13

jigsaw 5 says...

Just hang xmas lights all over it, then no-one will ever know its the new peter blacks site of Trowbridge.
Just hang xmas lights all over it, then no-one will ever know its the new peter blacks site of Trowbridge. jigsaw 5

8:51pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Room101 says...

Are these the people looking after there neighbourhood. Nobody saw or heared the people who smashed the windows?
Are these the people looking after there neighbourhood. Nobody saw or heared the people who smashed the windows? Room101

11:04pm Sun 8 Dec 13

moonrakin wurzel says...

£450 a day in council tax and national non-domestic rates.???

You don't say?...

Peter Black must be raking it it perhaps the council could tell us how much?
£450 a day in council tax and national non-domestic rates.??? You don't say?... Peter Black must be raking it it perhaps the council could tell us how much? moonrakin wurzel

11:45pm Sun 8 Dec 13

trowbridge52 says...

i reckon the old peter blacks should be gone first as that is in town and such an eyesore
i reckon the old peter blacks should be gone first as that is in town and such an eyesore trowbridge52

7:59am Mon 9 Dec 13

Lord Newbold says...

Room101 wrote:
Are these the people looking after there neighbourhood. Nobody saw or heared the people who smashed the windows?
. They must all have been at work. Yet if someone had seen these vandals hurling stones at these damaged windows. Any challenge by a responsible adult. May have resulted in reprisals by the usual behaviour of some of the youth today. Unruly foul mouthed and extremely brave when in numbers.

Just for you
Quote:- WHO DOES WHAT
A man and his wife were having an argument about who should brew the coffee each morning.
The wife said, 'You should do it because you get up first, and then we don't have to wait as long to get our coffee.
The husband said, 'You are in charge of cooking around here and you should do it, because that is your job, and I can just wait for my coffee.'
Wife replies, 'No, you should do it, and besides, it is in the Bible that the man should do the coffee.'
Husband replies, 'I can't believe that, show me.'
Therefore, she fetched the Bible, and opened the Old Testament and showed him at the top of several pages, that it indeed says... 'HEBREWS'
[quote][p][bold]Room101[/bold] wrote: Are these the people looking after there neighbourhood. Nobody saw or heared the people who smashed the windows?[/p][/quote]. They must all have been at work. Yet if someone had seen these vandals hurling stones at these damaged windows. Any challenge by a responsible adult. May have resulted in reprisals by the usual behaviour of some of the youth today. Unruly foul mouthed and extremely brave when in numbers. Just for you Quote:- WHO DOES WHAT A man and his wife were having an argument about who should brew the coffee each morning. The wife said, 'You should do it because you get up first, and then we don't have to wait as long to get our coffee. The husband said, 'You are in charge of cooking around here and you should do it, because that is your job, and I can just wait for my coffee.' Wife replies, 'No, you should do it, and besides, it is in the Bible that the man should do the coffee.' Husband replies, 'I can't believe that, show me.' Therefore, she fetched the Bible, and opened the Old Testament and showed him at the top of several pages, that it indeed says... 'HEBREWS' Lord Newbold

11:12am Mon 9 Dec 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

"...may have resulted in reprisals by the usual behaviour of some of the youth today. Unruly foul mouthed and extremely brave when in numbers."

Every generation has had some youths that have behaved like that your Lordship, not just today's.
"...may have resulted in reprisals by the usual behaviour of some of the youth today. Unruly foul mouthed and extremely brave when in numbers." Every generation has had some youths that have behaved like that your Lordship, not just today's. Mrs Donnyfly

12:06pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Lord Newbold says...

Madam,
I totally agree with what you have stated.

Furthermore, the generation, I am comparing to days youth with lived by a very stringent codes of practices

1. Young parents did not use foul language in earshot of their very young impressionable children, or neither did they use foul language in or around anyone who visited.
2. Teenagers, respected their elders,
3. Teenage males would respect teenage females.
4. If an adult chastise you, you moved along because of the respect you had been taught to have.
5. You were considered cowards if a scrap were two on to one.
6. Yes, there were gang fights (Our gang against your gang) yet it was always one against when the shoving and shouting ceased.
7. The first with the bloody nose usually gave up.
8. There were no kicking, knives, baseball bats, or iron bars used. Just stand up fistfights.
9. Police officers were respected. no matter what you were doing if the police came in sight we were on our (Halo) behaviour.
Madam, I totally agree with what you have stated. Furthermore, the generation, I am comparing to days youth with lived by a very stringent codes of practices 1. Young parents did not use foul language in earshot of their very young impressionable children, or neither did they use foul language in or around anyone who visited. 2. Teenagers, respected their elders, 3. Teenage males would respect teenage females. 4. If an adult chastise you, you moved along because of the respect you had been taught to have. 5. You were considered cowards if a scrap were two on to one. 6. Yes, there were gang fights (Our gang against your gang) yet it was always one against when the shoving and shouting ceased. 7. The first with the bloody nose usually gave up. 8. There were no kicking, knives, baseball bats, or iron bars used. Just stand up fistfights. 9. Police officers were respected. no matter what you were doing if the police came in sight we were on our (Halo) behaviour. Lord Newbold

12:39pm Mon 9 Dec 13

beetawix says...

Newbold quipped "Therefore, she fetched the Bible, and opened the Old Testament and showed him at the top of several pages, that it indeed says... 'HEBREWS'"

Ho ho.
Does it apply also to tea and beer or does it reflect the bible's typical flakiness and ambiguity.
My interpretation is tea (The Old Tea Statement)
Newbold quipped "Therefore, she fetched the Bible, and opened the Old Testament and showed him at the top of several pages, that it indeed says... 'HEBREWS'" Ho ho. Does it apply also to tea and beer or does it reflect the bible's typical flakiness and ambiguity. My interpretation is tea (The Old Tea Statement) beetawix

12:49pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Lord Newbold says...

beetawix wrote:
Newbold quipped "Therefore, she fetched the Bible, and opened the Old Testament and showed him at the top of several pages, that it indeed says... 'HEBREWS'"

Ho ho.
Does it apply also to tea and beer or does it reflect the bible's typical flakiness and ambiguity.
My interpretation is tea (The Old Tea Statement)
Excellent, shows a real sense of humour.

You will certainly find employment has a spin-doctor
[quote][p][bold]beetawix[/bold] wrote: Newbold quipped "Therefore, she fetched the Bible, and opened the Old Testament and showed him at the top of several pages, that it indeed says... 'HEBREWS'" Ho ho. Does it apply also to tea and beer or does it reflect the bible's typical flakiness and ambiguity. My interpretation is tea (The Old Tea Statement)[/p][/quote]Excellent, shows a real sense of humour. You will certainly find employment has a spin-doctor Lord Newbold

4:52pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Lord Newbold wrote:
Madam,
I totally agree with what you have stated.

Furthermore, the generation, I am comparing to days youth with lived by a very stringent codes of practices

1. Young parents did not use foul language in earshot of their very young impressionable children, or neither did they use foul language in or around anyone who visited.
2. Teenagers, respected their elders,
3. Teenage males would respect teenage females.
4. If an adult chastise you, you moved along because of the respect you had been taught to have.
5. You were considered cowards if a scrap were two on to one.
6. Yes, there were gang fights (Our gang against your gang) yet it was always one against when the shoving and shouting ceased.
7. The first with the bloody nose usually gave up.
8. There were no kicking, knives, baseball bats, or iron bars used. Just stand up fistfights.
9. Police officers were respected. no matter what you were doing if the police came in sight we were on our (Halo) behaviour.
Please let me know where I can get a pair of rose tinted glasses similar to yours?
[quote][p][bold]Lord Newbold[/bold] wrote: Madam, I totally agree with what you have stated. Furthermore, the generation, I am comparing to days youth with lived by a very stringent codes of practices 1. Young parents did not use foul language in earshot of their very young impressionable children, or neither did they use foul language in or around anyone who visited. 2. Teenagers, respected their elders, 3. Teenage males would respect teenage females. 4. If an adult chastise you, you moved along because of the respect you had been taught to have. 5. You were considered cowards if a scrap were two on to one. 6. Yes, there were gang fights (Our gang against your gang) yet it was always one against when the shoving and shouting ceased. 7. The first with the bloody nose usually gave up. 8. There were no kicking, knives, baseball bats, or iron bars used. Just stand up fistfights. 9. Police officers were respected. no matter what you were doing if the police came in sight we were on our (Halo) behaviour.[/p][/quote]Please let me know where I can get a pair of rose tinted glasses similar to yours? Mrs Donnyfly

7:32pm Mon 9 Dec 13

moocherx says...

This building should have been the new Trowbridge "super surgery".

Why don't Town Councillors make practical decision any more?.
This building should have been the new Trowbridge "super surgery". Why don't Town Councillors make practical decision any more?. moocherx

9:46pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Lord Newbold says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
Lord Newbold wrote:
Madam,
I totally agree with what you have stated.

Furthermore, the generation, I am comparing to days youth with lived by a very stringent codes of practices

1. Young parents did not use foul language in earshot of their very young impressionable children, or neither did they use foul language in or around anyone who visited.
2. Teenagers, respected their elders,
3. Teenage males would respect teenage females.
4. If an adult chastise you, you moved along because of the respect you had been taught to have.
5. You were considered cowards if a scrap were two on to one.
6. Yes, there were gang fights (Our gang against your gang) yet it was always one against when the shoving and shouting ceased.
7. The first with the bloody nose usually gave up.
8. There were no kicking, knives, baseball bats, or iron bars used. Just stand up fistfights.
9. Police officers were respected. no matter what you were doing if the police came in sight we were on our (Halo) behaviour.
Please let me know where I can get a pair of rose tinted glasses similar to yours?
Specksavers
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Newbold[/bold] wrote: Madam, I totally agree with what you have stated. Furthermore, the generation, I am comparing to days youth with lived by a very stringent codes of practices 1. Young parents did not use foul language in earshot of their very young impressionable children, or neither did they use foul language in or around anyone who visited. 2. Teenagers, respected their elders, 3. Teenage males would respect teenage females. 4. If an adult chastise you, you moved along because of the respect you had been taught to have. 5. You were considered cowards if a scrap were two on to one. 6. Yes, there were gang fights (Our gang against your gang) yet it was always one against when the shoving and shouting ceased. 7. The first with the bloody nose usually gave up. 8. There were no kicking, knives, baseball bats, or iron bars used. Just stand up fistfights. 9. Police officers were respected. no matter what you were doing if the police came in sight we were on our (Halo) behaviour.[/p][/quote]Please let me know where I can get a pair of rose tinted glasses similar to yours?[/p][/quote]Specksavers Lord Newbold

1:38pm Tue 10 Dec 13

beetawix says...

Lord Newbold wrote:
@ beetawix

Sir/Madam,
When a tender for demolition is requested usually the demolitions firms representative will visit the property to be demolished to assess what his firm can salvage for resale. If the building has been maintained then certain fixtures and fitting maybe salvaged and sold on to a buyer. Bricks can be reclaimed and sold to builders as used bricks, Roof tiles are another product that a demolition firm will resell. However, if windows have been damaged and the elements of weather have penetrated into the interior of the building. Damage cause will no doubt have detrimental effect on the price the representative will finally arrive at.
thanks for the explanation mr newbold but given that

quote........A council spokesperson said: “Our former Bradley Road offices are currently being stripped out. This includes safely removing asbestos and anything which can be reused or recycled'

is it a problem?
[quote][p][bold]Lord Newbold[/bold] wrote: @ beetawix Sir/Madam, When a tender for demolition is requested usually the demolitions firms representative will visit the property to be demolished to assess what his firm can salvage for resale. If the building has been maintained then certain fixtures and fitting maybe salvaged and sold on to a buyer. Bricks can be reclaimed and sold to builders as used bricks, Roof tiles are another product that a demolition firm will resell. However, if windows have been damaged and the elements of weather have penetrated into the interior of the building. Damage cause will no doubt have detrimental effect on the price the representative will finally arrive at.[/p][/quote]thanks for the explanation mr newbold but given that quote........A council spokesperson said: “Our former Bradley Road offices are currently being stripped out. This includes safely removing asbestos and anything which can be reused or recycled' is it a problem? beetawix

12:37pm Wed 11 Dec 13

New 2 Trow says...

The residents around Bradley Road offices aren't happy unless they have something to complain about, when it was open it was parking, now its shut its vandalism and pathways being blocked once its being developed it will be whatever is built in there.
The residents around Bradley Road offices aren't happy unless they have something to complain about, when it was open it was parking, now its shut its vandalism and pathways being blocked once its being developed it will be whatever is built in there. New 2 Trow

11:30am Thu 12 Dec 13

west1 says...

so 11 people out of the hundreds that live in or around the site are whinging!!


good grief get a life, a hobby or a job and stop moaning!!!


happy Christmas.
so 11 people out of the hundreds that live in or around the site are whinging!! good grief get a life, a hobby or a job and stop moaning!!! happy Christmas. west1

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