Sale of. Eagles Meadow

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  • #93973

    wrexview
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    If there are to be structural changes to the shopping centre I hope they demolish the two shops fronting Yorke Street and create a new open vista across from the Parish Church through to the shops. The buildings from the Black Horse ( up for sale ) the derelict space , and two poorly maintained additional shops could also be included in this redevelopment. Opening up Eagles Meadow to join the older town centre would be good for traders in both areas. The new owners together with the Council, who have Vibrant and Viable monies too allocate , have an opportunity to create something special in this area, for the benefit of future generations.

    #93974

    newwales
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    Lets hope they do over time reduce the car park prices, as with Broughton new Cinema opening, the Odeon & restaurants WILL loose customers, the carpark needs to be a maximum £2 after 5.30 pm.

    #93980

    Darryl
    Keymaster

    Some interesting ideas on the Facebook thread – roof and cheaper car parking seem to be preferred options!

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    #93996

    Born Acorn
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    I could only imagine a roof making it very greenhouse like – a total sweatbox.

    Not to mention the support structure – a magnet for pigeons and their droppings.

    #94018

    ddraig
    Participant

    The roofs used in Cabot Circus in Bristol are actually quite effective. Really just stop the rain, but still open air. The most critical aspect is the lack of integration with the town centre. An improvement would be if it felt like an extension of High Street, but that is a difficult task.

    Two key things the new owners should do:
    1- Buy out the lease of the car park. Come up with a system where-by customers get free parking when buying something from the centre, and in doing so introduce a time/ticket system with barriers rather than pay and display (the council insisted on this at planning which was crazy). This will cost them money, but ultimately their competitors have free parking so to survive they need something radical.

    2- Incentivise new stores – I don’t have the answers on this one, but they need to increase the quality of the tenants, increased footfall would help, potentially from point 1.

    #94054
    cmaj76
    cmaj76
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    Flatten the ugly eyesore and return it to a meadow.

    #94102

    Adam
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    The roofs used in Cabot Circus in Bristol are actually quite effective. Really just stop the rain, but still open air. The most critical aspect is the lack of integration with the town centre. An improvement would be if it felt like an extension of High Street, but that is a difficult task.

    Two key things the new owners should do:
    1- Buy out the lease of the car park. Come up with a system where-by customers get free parking when buying something from the centre, and in doing so introduce a time/ticket system with barriers rather than pay and display (the council insisted on this at planning which was crazy). This will cost them money, but ultimately their competitors have free parking so to survive they need something radical.

    2- Incentivise new stores – I don’t have the answers on this one, but they need to increase the quality of the tenants, increased footfall would help, potentially from point 1.

    Completely agree.

    2 points:

    I’m not sure I’m quite as enthusiastic as Kevin Critchley claiming that this is a vote of confidence of Wrexham town, I’d prefer to ask why the current owners have decided to sell. Sounds somewhat like an estate agent shielding a damp patch while pointing at the ‘period’ artex ceiling. Let’s assume however he knows something we don’t and the potential buyers have some great plans..

    The point about Broughton retail park is even more relevant now work has officially begun on the new M&S food and Primark outlets. Sifting through the silly facebook comments, there is a real demand for more quality outlets, specifically food orientated. I think a new mid-range restaurant chain (i.e. Zizzi, Wagamama, Prezzo etc) could inject some enthusiasm back into the centre..

    #94306

    steveg
    Participant

    “Let’s design a building shaped like a wind tunnel and let’s align it into the prevailing winds” What could possibly go wrong………

    #94312

    Darlofan
    Participant

    Well I know something. Now Broughton has the cinema that’s it for Wrexham’s Odeon. Broughton has free easier parking, better restaurants and the added shops if we fancy a wander. New owners of EM need to act fast before the major stores in there pull out never mind the customers.

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