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Old March 19th, 2015, 01:25 AM   #1
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Official Wolverhampton and Black Country Development Thread 3!

Long overdue I apologise....
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Old March 19th, 2015, 01:28 AM   #2
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Official Black Country Development Thread 2!

Long overdue but where we left off...
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100k bid to restore Churchill memorial (in the Churchill shopping centre/precinct, Dudley)

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2...hill-memorial/
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Just memorial? The whole centre is hideous, except cozey coffee which is OK, but the rest is vile! I always see so much potential in dudley high street and up to the church especially but its in a time warp! There doesn't seem to be any sense of urgency to clean it up properly and attract business.
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Just memorial? The whole centre is hideous, except cozey coffee which is OK, but the rest is vile!
You should have seen the Churchill Precinct 20 years ago. Although at least it had the prestigious Beatties then, which is now an Iceland.


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I always see so much potential in dudley high street and up to the church especially but its in a time warp! There doesn't seem to be any sense of urgency to clean it up properly and attract business.
I think things are finally being done to improve the place, but I do wonder if it's too late for the town centre itself what with Merry Hill still looming just down the road. But then there's the whole Castle/Black Country Museum/railway project which should help improve that end of the town.
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You should have seen the Churchill Precinct 20 years ago. Although at least it had the prestigious Beatties then, which is now an Iceland.




I think things are finally being done to improve the place, but I do wonder if it's too late for the town centre itself what with Merry Hill still looming just down the road. But then there's the whole Castle/Black Country Museum/railway project which should help improve that end of the town.
This is the problem attracting people to a particular part of the town at the detriment to other areas of the town. Classic case in point was Walsall, all the towns money was spent in & around The Town Wharf development, then the Gigaport development with the rest of the town to fall flat on it's back side with the market size getting less & less. . Once upon a time when the Market was good I couldn't get a parking spot any day of the week, now you choose your spot. Hopefully with the money spent on Primark, the Old Square update & the other shops being rebuilt it might just bring people back to the centre of Walsall & not the edges as in the recent past.

I feel Dudley suffered the same if not worse than Walsall in town planning & investment.
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The trouble with Dudley and Walsall is their High Streets are just so long, you get bored half way. How many people are honestly going to walk all the way from The Castle (pub) to Asda (former Netto)? Or from Crown Wharf to Asda?
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Might interest a certain someone.

Multi-million pound Gornal redevelopment moves a step ahead

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2...-a-step-ahead/

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Plans for a new supermarket to revive an area of land would also help curb anti-social behaviour in the village, council officers say.

The move has been broadly welcomed by Gornal Business Watch but members said colleagues are worried over the impact of the store on trade.

A parcel of land is owned by Dudley Council and two private owners, according to plans by the authority.

Land which has been earmarked fronts onto Zoar Street and has a rear boundary onto Abbey Street Recreation Ground...
The bus station is also being revamped:

http://www.dudleynews.co.uk/news/117...tation_revamp/
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Old March 20th, 2015, 12:15 AM   #9
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The trouble with Dudley and Walsall is their High Streets are just so long, you get bored half way. How many people are honestly going to walk all the way from The Castle (pub) to Asda (former Netto)? Or from Crown Wharf to Asda?
I'm not sure that's such a bad thing any more than a shopping centre being "too big". Dudley's High Street is split in two and quite frankly there's nothing of interest in any of the streets that lead off it.


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Multi-million pound Gornal redevelopment moves a step ahead

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2...-a-step-ahead/
I can't quite work out which parcel of land they mean. But it's a shame when they build on land just because chavs "cause a disturbance" there. Like when they chop down lovely trees in a park because of dodgy goings on.

I wonder what supermarket it would be as there's already a Sainsbury's local and Spar. It's not exactly a village thronging with shoppers - and yes, there's literally about 10 parking spaces in the car park.
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I thought it'd probably be a little coop, but if there's already one... not really sure.

I assume the "parcel of land" is where Eggintons is. Not that I'd like that, but it's the only place I can see it being.
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Yeah that would make sense. Looking on Google satellite there's a fair bit of land behind there. The Eggintons is an old fashioned little shop, I haven't been in there since I was about 5. And notice the identical little building next to it.
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More info on Legends nightclub conversion:

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/l...to-apartments/


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Demolition started at Marston's:

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2...imgid10655821/
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I'm not sure that's such a bad thing any more than a shopping centre being "too big". Dudley's High Street is split in two and quite frankly there's nothing of interest in any of the streets that lead off it.




I can't quite work out which parcel of land they mean. But it's a shame when they build on land just because chavs "cause a disturbance" there. Like when they chop down lovely trees in a park because of dodgy goings on.

I wonder what supermarket it would be as there's already a Sainsbury's local and Spar. It's not exactly a village thronging with shoppers - and yes, there's literally about 10 parking spaces in the car park.
It's a sort of a chicken & egg situation, no one going to walk up & down an High Street if there's nothing at either end or the middle, so investment needed at the ends & middle of the High Street. Chunks of Walsall are basically pubs, bars & fast food outlets which giving the appearance of the town being closed during the day due to a lack of people milling about & many of them shut. Shop owners move out due to a lack of footfall & this encourages no one new to move in.
Town haven't been looked after, all the character been knocked down & once the rot sets in they will entertain anyone moving in to to fill units irrespective if it's in the best interest of the town or not

As for the supermarket in Gornal, at least the chavs will have somewhere to buy their cheap booze
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But what we all really want to know is has the new and huge Compton Hospice charity shop opened yet?
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Yes!


Forget Oxford Street, Wolverhampton charity shop has it all

It was a scene of chaos and excitement – the kind witnessed when Primark opened to huge crowds in Oxford Street and Top Shop opened its first branch in New York.



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I told you to tell me when it opened! I'll have to fit it into a trip maybe next week.
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I never notice to be honest as it's always closed when I go past, had to google it. Apparently it has wedding dresses for £30.

There's also a new bar and grill next door beneath Faces. (Fusions)
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Interesting... might we see something happen with The Royal after all?

Application gone in for demolition of some buildings by Tesco Ltd.

15/00279/FUL

Former New Cleveland Working Mens Club, Newmarket PH And 13 Cleveland Road

That's this whole block:


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