At last there’s a plan to demolish the decaying eyesore that once gave life and colour to the area. There are though concerns that once redeveloped the site will bring more noise, litter and opportunist crime to the roads in the Back Garden that link New Town and Old Town.
Edmund Street, Rolleston Street, Cross Street, Prospect Hill, Prospect Place, Union Street and Stanley Street are possible those that will be most affected, The developers Ashfield Land have described their objective as, “We’re trying to create something that is a destination…. it’s got food retail, leisure and cinema”. Swindon Web has a description of the plans and artist’s impressions.
Local Councillor Dave Wood and Back Garden’s Prospect Hill Street representative Toby Robson are leading a campaign to make the development resident-friendly.