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All change in Kingsway: new shops, sports pavilion, community centre and houses are all on their way

By citizenmike  |  Posted: March 17, 2014

  • The new community centre

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KINGSWAY once again resembles a building site as construction workers forge ahead with the new community centre and the latest set of houses.

The structure of the new community centre has already been erected opposite the shopping precinct after work began in January.

Two tennis courts have been built and a football, rugby and cricket pitch is to be created alongside a BMX track and sports pavilion on the same site.

It is expected to open by August when Gloucester City Council will hand over the running of the premises to a local group.

Half of the 11 new units which will be built in the shopping area have been filled. Pizza Hut are thought to be one of the new signings. Work on building those new shops will start in the coming weeks.

County councillor Barry Kirby (L, Grange and Kingsway) said: “The community centre is looking fantastic. It is going to be a great asset for the community.

“It is expected that the sports pavilion will be ready at the same time and that is great because it is going to provide more sports facilities for our community to get involved with.”

Mum-of-one Sarah Churchill, from Northwood Drive, is excited about the new developments on Kingsway. She said: “I would love to see more food places, like takeaways that sell exotic food. We don’t have any takeaways here at all, a nice Indian would be good.

“It would be great if we had more independent businesses grab this opportunity rather than just the big chains.

“There are literally thousands of people living in Kingsway and there is nothing here for them. But this will be absolutely fantastic.”

Work is also well under way on the construction of the latest set of houses behind the shopping area on Rudloe Drive.

But the work won’t stop there – there are 55 more houses planned for a small pocket of land to the south of nearby Wendling Road and between Rudloe Drive and Boulmer Avenue. Waterwells Primary School is located to the east of the site.

It brings the total number of houses granted for Kingsway to 3,300.

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  • jas37  |  March 17 2014, 8:56PM

    NibNobs, the first phase of shops and the Pub have been open for a while now. The Houses obviously weren't all built in 2006, there are still around another 1000 to be built.

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  • NibNobs  |  March 17 2014, 6:12PM

    Hooray, the houses came along back in 2006 and 8 years later they get the shops!

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