Views wanted on Top of The Town transformation

Basingstoke Gazette: Councillor Ranil Jayawardena at The Top of The Town Councillor Ranil Jayawardena at The Top of The Town

RESIDENTS and visitors are being asked to have their say on the proposals for a 20-year vision aimed at transforming the Top of The Town.

As previously reported in The Gazette, plans to transform the area include a new 470-space multi-storey car park in Southern Road and building new ‘niche retail’ higher end independent shops.

Councillor Ranil Jayawardena, deputy leader of the borough council, said: “It is essential that we develop an idea of what kind of place we want the Top of The Town to be and we consider how this will fit with the rest of the town’s success, including Festival Place, The Malls and Basing View. Getting views from residents and visitors of Basingstoke on this is an essential part of the process.”

The public consultation ends on March, 7. Go to basingstoke.gov.uk/ go/towncentrevision to comment.

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6:59am Fri 28 Feb 14

Little Green Man says...

As a new resident in this town having lived and visited lots of towns around the country and even around the world I have to ask the question - whats wrong with 'Top of The Town' as it is? Its far nicer than many places I've been to, it doesn't have rows of empty shops and it appears to be a busy and well used part of town. Does anyone really believe that filling the area with glass and chrome shops that nobody can afford to spend in will improve the town? It might look nicer but for how long when people have to leave town to find affordable shops they can actually use?
As a new resident in this town having lived and visited lots of towns around the country and even around the world I have to ask the question - whats wrong with 'Top of The Town' as it is? Its far nicer than many places I've been to, it doesn't have rows of empty shops and it appears to be a busy and well used part of town. Does anyone really believe that filling the area with glass and chrome shops that nobody can afford to spend in will improve the town? It might look nicer but for how long when people have to leave town to find affordable shops they can actually use? Little Green Man
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