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