I see that the development of student flats on this already busy street is to go ahead. I do hope that WCBC will monitor the situation closely to keep the disruption to a minimum for the existing small businesses on this street. There appears to be 100% occupancy on Brook Street largely due, I would think, to the short term parking outside the shops. I hope that this new development will not spoil this mix of (some of them very long standing) businesses.
I worked opposite the old Veg Market when they decided to spoil the town & you wouldn’t believe the disruption, loss of sales & dirt & dust in a pedestrianised area. I feel so sorry for those small businesses. We didn’t survive.
Reading todays town centre forum round up, signs have today gone up to sell the former Scotts nightclub with planning for student flats. How viable is this when the uni in Wrexham has falling student numbers and one hall of residence has been unused for the past two years?
Student accommodation surplus is common in a lot of University Towns due to more students living at home or with relatives to keep the costs down.
the Health Board had a large number of units at Snowden Hall for some time when they housed the nurses from the Philippines.
The extent of ‘spare’ student accommodation is also distorted as many properties that had previously been used for this purpose are now occupied by the many migrant workers in the town. Without the migrant workers many of the people who invested in Buy to Let properties would be financially disadvantaged with emty property.
They were refurbished a few years ago after international students had used the building for accommodation for many years. They have sat empty since. A few of the rooms on the ground floor are sued to store books known as the Gladstone library, but the rest of the building remains unused. There are no structural issues. When an organization requires income, why does an accommodation block with around 30 rooms remain unused?
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