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Citizen comment: Gloucester Quays, flooding nightmare and Brunswick Road hoardings

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 17, 2014

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FOOD, film or fashion – Gloucester Quays has it all and visitor figure numbers show the destination has got it right.

More than four million people are expected to visit this year making it the county's top attraction by a country mile.

It isn't just the big name brands bringing in the footfall – events like the Garden Party, food festival and Christmas markets have all been incredibly successful.

At night there is a real buzz about the Quays and this is sure to build even further during the summer months.

The whole development is an incredible makeover for the Docks which was a dire place in the early 1990s.

We can expect to see some more exciting brands moving into the Quays over the coming months which will make it even more attractive to shoppers.

Yes, the success of the Quays makes it even more important that the King's Quarter is developed sooner rather than later.

The Golden Egg demolition is moving at a pace and this will really open up the possibilities for King's Square.

Time to demolish?

WHILE many homes have been protected in Gloucestershire thanks to the £48 million spent on defences since 2007, some homes have sadly succumbed again.

Our thoughts go out to the long-suffering residents of Sandhurst who yet again have been evicted by the dirty water.

One affected resident, Lynn Woodman, says it is now time to demolish the homes.

She says it is like having a 'death sentence' hanging over Sandhurst and that the homes should be subjected to compulsory purchase orders.

Maybe it is time to think the unthinkable with some of the worst flood hit areas in the UK now as Lynn suggests.

Too much shade

YOU have to feel sorry for Muriel Gough in Brunswick Road now living in darkness thanks to the Gloscat site redevelopment.

Surely a couple of the panels can be replaced with clear Perspex?

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  • jas37  |  February 17 2014, 9:41PM

    Peel's huge investment in Gloucester has clearly paid considerable dividends to the City. The Quays draws large numbers of visitors to Gloucester many of whom wander through the Gate Streets to visit the Cathedral, City Centre shops and Museums etc. in fact it would be interesting to discover whether visitor numbers to the Cathedral increase considerably during events at the Quays. Another major benefit is the fact that many Gloucester residents now spend far more time and money in and around the City Centre rather than in Cheltenham or Cribbs Causeway. But what this report doesn't mention is the total neglect of the Docks by the City Council. The Council appear to see the Docks purely as a place that their Offices are located. There seems to be a glaring absence of vision and ambition displayed by the Council. A classic example of this is the permitted change of use of the lower floors of the Phillpotts and Lock Warehouses into Offices. There is a widely recognised, acute lack of visitor attractions and retail in the main Dock basin area and now it appears the buildings that are ideally suited for this purpose will be turned into Offices- totally against the Docks Masterplan. Gloucester has a huge opportunity to benefit due to the visitors that are attracted to the City by the Quays but have the City Council the vision and ambition required to ensure this happens? The evidence so far suggests not.

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