Eastover revival plan moves forwards, but traders want action

Eastover revival plan moves forwards, but traders want action

Eastover revival plan moves forwards, but traders want action

First published in News

A MASTERPLAN to revive the flagging Eastover area of Bridgwater has taken a leap forward – but desperate traders say they need concrete action, not words.

Sedgemoor District Council this week launched a consultation on its Supplementary Planning Document, a blueprint designed to manage future developments and bring some life back to Eastover.

The area is littered with boarded-up shops, and crime rates are more than three times the county average, according to a council report published this week.

Suggestions in the SPD to regenerate Eastover include:

  • A mixed development, including homes and shops, on the current Bridgwater Hospital site when the new hospital in Bower Lane opens
  • revitalising the area along the banks of the River Parrett, by attracting specialist shops and offices and developing an outdoor, cafe culture
  • making East Quay and Salmon Parade traffic-free and giving pedestrians and cyclists priority on some other roads
  • attracting a new multi-screen cinema, bowling complex or other leisure facility
  • designating two former employment sites for major 160-home developments
  • a ‘Riverside Square’ next to Town Bridge with a landmark building and public art
  • better signage to encourage shoppers to cross Town Bridge into Eastover.

The SPD, when finally approved next year, will help councillors decide whether individual planning applications put forward for Eastover should be given the go-ahead.

It will be reliant on the private sector to succeed but Sedgemoor District Council leader Cllr Duncan McGinty said Hinkley Point C could bring the footfall to attract new businesses and make the plan a reality.

He added: “There are already an awful lot of businesses interested in Bridgwater, especially on the back of new nuclear.”

The Mercury spoke to traders at the Indoor Market in Eastover, who said they were tired of talk and wanted action.

Mike Davis, who runs the market, said: “Better signs would help – something to direct people across Town Bridge. But we hear a lot of talking, and not enough gets done.”

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9:30am Fri 10 Aug 12

grisleyreg says...

Just as much Sedgemoor Pie in the Sky as the Meads Eco Park.
Just as much Sedgemoor Pie in the Sky as the Meads Eco Park. grisleyreg
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9:45am Fri 10 Aug 12

Blurby Monster says...

This should be excellent for the town, we need this, just the early demolition and groundwork stages should involve a lot of useful work and contracts.
This should be excellent for the town, we need this, just the early demolition and groundwork stages should involve a lot of useful work and contracts. Blurby Monster
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11:57am Fri 10 Aug 12

LookingForLiars says...

"making East Quay and Salmon Parade traffic-free"
Could someone explain to me how that's going to work ?
"making East Quay and Salmon Parade traffic-free" Could someone explain to me how that's going to work ? LookingForLiars
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12:09pm Fri 10 Aug 12

sheldoncooper says...

LookingForLiars wrote:
"making East Quay and Salmon Parade traffic-free"
Could someone explain to me how that's going to work ?
I was thinking that...
[quote][p][bold]LookingForLiars[/bold] wrote: "making East Quay and Salmon Parade traffic-free" Could someone explain to me how that's going to work ?[/p][/quote]I was thinking that... sheldoncooper
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8:40pm Fri 10 Aug 12

MINIME2 says...

Lets hope any jobs or preparation work going to local people.
Lets hope any jobs or preparation work going to local people. MINIME2
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9:38pm Sat 11 Aug 12

the voice of common sense says...

An alternative plan is to demolish the eastover/salmon parade/broadway triangle completely(when the new hospital is opened of course) and build the new tesco there, that will save the brewery field for dogs to s*** on and keep the bridgwater backwards group happy.

Job done
An alternative plan is to demolish the eastover/salmon parade/broadway triangle completely(when the new hospital is opened of course) and build the new tesco there, that will save the brewery field for dogs to s*** on and keep the bridgwater backwards group happy. Job done the voice of common sense
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9:40pm Sat 11 Aug 12

scally666 says...

Blurby Monster wrote:
This should be excellent for the town, we need this, just the early demolition and groundwork stages should involve a lot of useful work and contracts.
why have you not been banned yet?? tho i think you might have been already
[quote][p][bold]Blurby Monster[/bold] wrote: This should be excellent for the town, we need this, just the early demolition and groundwork stages should involve a lot of useful work and contracts.[/p][/quote]why have you not been banned yet?? tho i think you might have been already scally666
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11:12pm Sat 11 Aug 12

Samej1 says...

scally666 wrote:
Blurby Monster wrote:
This should be excellent for the town, we need this, just the early demolition and groundwork stages should involve a lot of useful work and contracts.
why have you not been banned yet?? tho i think you might have been already
He has been - just morphs again like all good trolls!
[quote][p][bold]scally666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blurby Monster[/bold] wrote: This should be excellent for the town, we need this, just the early demolition and groundwork stages should involve a lot of useful work and contracts.[/p][/quote]why have you not been banned yet?? tho i think you might have been already[/p][/quote]He has been - just morphs again like all good trolls! Samej1
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1:11pm Mon 13 Aug 12

swjoduk says...

Simple, no left turn into Salmon Parade, no entry to East Quay from the Asda roundabout. Hopefully West Quay can be pedestrianised at the same time if not before!

Shame though nice little cut through on my way to work but I don't mind too much, I usually cycle and get some exercise at the same time as beating the traffic, unlike a hoard of lazy gits that travel very short uneconomical and unsustainable distances in this town!
Simple, no left turn into Salmon Parade, no entry to East Quay from the Asda roundabout. Hopefully West Quay can be pedestrianised at the same time if not before! Shame though nice little cut through on my way to work but I don't mind too much, I usually cycle and get some exercise at the same time as beating the traffic, unlike a hoard of lazy gits that travel very short uneconomical and unsustainable distances in this town! swjoduk
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6:56pm Mon 13 Aug 12

sheldoncooper says...

swjoduk wrote:
Simple, no left turn into Salmon Parade, no entry to East Quay from the Asda roundabout. Hopefully West Quay can be pedestrianised at the same time if not before!

Shame though nice little cut through on my way to work but I don't mind too much, I usually cycle and get some exercise at the same time as beating the traffic, unlike a hoard of lazy gits that travel very short uneconomical and unsustainable distances in this town!
What about entering East Quay from the Town bridge - they would have to do that too in order to make it traffic free. That in effect means the re-routing of buses etc that use that route via Monmouth St & the clink, which are already chokkers at times anyway ?
[quote][p][bold]swjoduk[/bold] wrote: Simple, no left turn into Salmon Parade, no entry to East Quay from the Asda roundabout. Hopefully West Quay can be pedestrianised at the same time if not before! Shame though nice little cut through on my way to work but I don't mind too much, I usually cycle and get some exercise at the same time as beating the traffic, unlike a hoard of lazy gits that travel very short uneconomical and unsustainable distances in this town![/p][/quote]What about entering East Quay from the Town bridge - they would have to do that too in order to make it traffic free. That in effect means the re-routing of buses etc that use that route via Monmouth St & the clink, which are already chokkers at times anyway ? sheldoncooper
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1:28pm Tue 14 Aug 12

swjoduk says...

Yep it will create traffic nightmares but there are alternatives to cars, such as the said buses!

I dont think Eastover was mentioned for pedestrianisation so you could still enter town via that route. Would probably need to re-design the junction though to allow traffic to turn left from Broadway but this could be done via planning for the new hotel.
Yep it will create traffic nightmares but there are alternatives to cars, such as the said buses! I dont think Eastover was mentioned for pedestrianisation so you could still enter town via that route. Would probably need to re-design the junction though to allow traffic to turn left from Broadway but this could be done via planning for the new hotel. swjoduk
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