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Old October 31st, 2012, 06:11 PM   #121
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Yeah Express and Star commenters are notoriously daft and small minded, one suggests Wolvo and Birmingham are longer to get to than Milton Keynes from London!

Others say Wolvo is a third world city... bah.

I still don't want it to move though. At least we're (for now) keeping Carillion, which split from it, so Construction House will remain occupied.

But as someone brought up lack of local stations, there did used to be a station right next to Tarmac, Ettingshall Road.
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Old November 1st, 2012, 12:07 AM   #122
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Bilston Town Centre

MASSIVE changes. As part of the £176m development of an urban village, including 1,000 homes and new shops, 19 properties are to be demolished to create a tree lined boulevard between the new leisure centre and the high street.

No details yet (Chronicle).
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Old November 1st, 2012, 03:56 AM   #123
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19 properties are to be demolished to create a tree lined boulevard between the new leisure centre and the high street.
If I'm thinking of the right place I wonder how they are going to do that seeing as the duel carriageway bypass is between the two.

I think the new leisure centre is that triangular building at the bottom of the screen.
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Old November 1st, 2012, 01:18 PM   #124
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The original plan was to sink the road and build across it, but I remember hearing that was scrapped; I'd imagine it's going to follow on from the new path to the East of the centre as it joins onto a crossing and then suddenly ends.

I also wonder whether they'll pedestrianise more of the High Street to join up with it.

On top of this there is The Orchard, which will be a new shopping arcade, joining Pipe Hall to High Street near the Metro station.

Big things happening in this historic town.
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Old November 1st, 2012, 01:25 PM   #125
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Here we go:

http://www.bilstonurbanvillage.co.uk...nkstrategy.pdf



More images to the end of the pdf.
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Old November 1st, 2012, 05:02 PM   #126
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Bilston's got a lot of potential - my mate lives there and I think it's got some nice old buildings, great transit connections and of course a thriving music venue.
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Old November 1st, 2012, 05:37 PM   #127
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Just a shame they lost Woolworths which became Argos. I'm sure some kind of budget department store could thrive here, even a Marks and Spencer, I knew tons of people who lived and shopped in Bilston and only went to Wolverhampton when they needed a Marks.

This is The Orchard: https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=WV1...12,24.1,,0,0.4
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Old November 1st, 2012, 08:05 PM   #128
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In all the times I've been to Bilston I've never seen that before! It looks like something from the third world.

I'm surprised there's no Poundland, as you say you'd think a store like that would do well in amongst the charity shops.

Bilston town centre does have a certain charm and these improvements should help.
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Poundland really seem to neglect the area - there's no Poundland in Willenhall either, and they're a Willenhall company!
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Old November 1st, 2012, 08:17 PM   #130
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And yet there are TWO in Walsall town centre, within a very short distance of each other.
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Old November 2nd, 2012, 09:06 PM   #131
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This bridge is being replaced on Sunday night from 8 PM (M54 shut for the night).

http://maps.google.co.uk/?ll=52.6382...02642&t=h&z=19
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Old November 5th, 2012, 12:02 AM   #132
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New Tesco Express to be built on the Claregate car park:

http://maps.google.co.uk/?ll=52.6061...02642&t=h&z=19
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Is the pub itself staying though? I don't really know that area but judging by Street View it looks a rather pleasant suburban place so I wonder if the residents had anything to say about a Tesco Express being built there.
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Old November 5th, 2012, 12:29 AM   #134
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It's a nice pub. The residents don't want a Tesco and are fighting against it but they were given planning permission today I think (was headline on the Chronicle front page). The pub is staying, the owners (Marston I think) just need some extra money.
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Old November 6th, 2012, 07:32 PM   #135
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Car-free plan to make Wolverhampton city centre more appealing

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2...ore-appealing/

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Old November 6th, 2012, 10:58 PM   #136
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The metro extension is planned to go down two of those roads. They should do everything in one go.
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So. Tesco have yet to hand over their 10% of the Raglan Street site to Sainsbury's as they agreed, and now...

...have fenced off their 10% and put signs saying "Tesco area, keep out".

Petty. Get them the hell out of our city. Revoke their Royal permission and boot them out of the Mander Centre.

It's an absolute disgrace.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 01:53 PM   #138
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http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2...ore-appealing/

"I like the sound of that"
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Old November 8th, 2012, 04:14 PM   #139
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Who'd have thought the last three posts in this thread were actually by three different people.
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Queen Square fountain wins top award

A £300,000 fountain in Wolverhampton city centre has been named the best in the country.



http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2...ins-top-award/


Wolverhampton library closure plan overturned
http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2...is-overturned/

Funding lure for city centre shops
http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2...n-city-centre/

More school refurbs
http://www.expressandstar.com/educat...tys-workforce/

Including Aldersley High School which direly needs it. Every high school in Wolverhampton will be either rebuilt or extensively refurbished!
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