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Traders welcome King's Square refresh plans

By citizenmike  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

The improving King's Square outlook

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TRADERS have welcomed plans to rejuvenate King’s Square now that the Golden Egg is fast becoming a distant memory.

A £20,000 pot of money unveiled by Gloucester City Council will see paving outside the shops in the square replaced later this year.

Aviva, the owner of the shop units, is also considering re-cladding the tired-looking building to give it a fresh new look.

Removing the Golden Egg earlier this year was a major milestone.

Jamie Stewart, manager at Costa, said: “We have sunshine beaming into the coffee shop for the first time. Our customers are saying just how bright it is.

“Before you couldn’t actually see us from much of the square but now it has opened the whole place up. I am of course delighted.

“At the moment we don’t have any external seating but I’d love to be able to put tables and chairs out there so people can enjoy their coffee outdoors on a nice day.”

Panna Visani, owner of the World of Stationery, said: “It is brilliant that the Golden Egg is gone. It is a whole lot brighter now.

“Re-paving outside the shops would be really good because I have seen a number of people fall outside here. My only concern is that it could cause a lot of disruption to my customers while the work is being carried out.”

Mrs Visani also carried a warning to Aviva that she could not afford a rent rise if the building was made to look more attractive.

She said: “Trade isn’t what it used to be and while we are just about surviving now, we could not face a rent rise – we would have to relocate. But an improvement to the building would be good.”

Tracey Wynn, a shop assistant at Woody’s Fruit and Veg, said: “I am pleased to see the back of the Golden Egg. It was an absolute eyesore.

“New paving outside would be good. I too have seen lots of people falling over on the broken paving.

“Any improvements have got to be a good thing.”

The work is likely to begin after archaeological digs have been completed in the square. They are expected to begin in the coming weeks.

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  • citizenmike  |  April 12 2014, 10:47AM

    Jackson99, I believe my earlier post answers your question.

  • jas37  |  April 12 2014, 9:57AM

    jackson99, Have you not read the article or the other more well-informed comments?

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  • aarontuckwell  |  April 11 2014, 11:42PM

    Thats totally correct mike. The article above doesn't mention it, whi h is a shame because some people may tend to jump on the bandwagon of "wasted money, fetch my pitch fork". Its great to see that there appears to be at least some tangible activity going on in kings square... unlike the st annes link bridge that took 20 years to complete.. and its also good to see that the parts not ear marked for development are also getting seen to. Let's hope it all falls in to place and that people on here read the full article before making snapshot judgements. .

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  • jackson99  |  April 11 2014, 11:30PM

    I thought The Building in Kings Square were owned by property companies why dont they pay for new paving? Plus if its all going to ripped when its redevloped is this not a waste of £20,000. Seems the Council cuts spending but then seems to throw it more money down the drain

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  • citizenmike  |  April 11 2014, 8:20PM

    The city council has said that works will only be carried out in the parts of the square that will not be dug up to make way for new buildings as part of the King's Quarter redevelopment. You will note that none of the re-paving is planned for the Debenhams/Regal side as this is an area currently earmarked for potential development.

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  • aarontuckwell  |  April 11 2014, 6:31PM

    In case there was any doubt, my previous comment was a satirical commentary on those who may comment before reading the other article on here, outlining the plans and where the money is being spent...

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  • aarontuckwell  |  April 11 2014, 6:23PM

    Spending £20k on improvement works before the whole thing is torn up and regenerated in a few months any-way? Of course that's a good use of money... I mean, what else would it be spent on?!

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