With the completion of M&S etc. I agree the draw to Yate Shopping Centre will be a good thing for locals and visitors alike and as reported, the revamp/upgrade is looking great, but why have we lost the covered glass of our centre.
The one thing and big draw that set us apart from other centres was to be able to largely shop in the dry and will the plans to be announced in the near future be an even better 'filled in' shopping centre!
In reply to moonwalker68: We are in advanced talks with an operator interested in taking space in East Walk. Alongside the works to convert the unit, we will be refurbishing East Walk to complement the new retail units and to create a strong appeal to draw shoppers into the middle of the Centre. This means that part of the canopy has to be removed to improve the site lines but we will keep this to a minimum.
Thanks for a prompt reply from dcbbramwell, however if I understand you correctly, the canopy has been removed in East Walk to improve the site 'Centre'
Why then has the glass been removed near North Walk.? or will there be building where the Farmers market was set up.
I say again, the loss of the canopy in any part of our Shopping Centre is a backward move and I am hope some form of cover will be reinstated after any revamp work has been completed.
The management of the Shopping Centre fully appreciates the benefits that covered walkways give to shoppers and it is only after much consideration that they will agree to remove them. However, they also have to balance things against operator requirements. In the North Walk case, a planning application will be submitted in due course on behalf of a new operator to occupy the former electrical store. It is imperative for their business that they get good all round exposure to promote it.
Thanks once again to dcbbramwell for your reply.
I have to say however, your explanations are not convincing to me and I would like to give further observations on this subject.
If as you report, new operators to the Shopping Centre require more exposure to promote, how will removing the glass cover affect this? Yes, I can see having larger stores like M&S would mean that any exciting structurs would have to go, but to build higher buildings within the Centre would mean losing the flats above. Have the tenants been informed of this fact ? and how by removing the 'Pergola' at the end of North Walk affect any building work!!
Ofcourse I can see that without the covered walkways there will be less maintenance work, thereby a cost saving on labour and materiels and, whilst I am not a greet fan of the stall holders, without the cover they have had, their pitches have been restricted or lost all together, of course if they traded in shops it would be assumed they would have to pay a much higer rent. And what about a long established DIY store with goods displayed under the canopy. Have they also been informed that the glass cover may be removed ?
One futher observation, when a recent Bank was referbished in the Centre, am I not right in saying , this work was carried out without taking down the canopy, and only after the work was completed did it go!
As you can see I am cynical and believe there is more to this than we are being told and the explanations given are a 'Political' responce.I would hope more Yate shoppers would respond to this Blog and say if they agree ' Bring back our covered walkways'
I would like Andrew to respond as I have always found his replys to 'Yate People' both fair and trustworthy.