johnglas wrote:From a (very) casual reading of the newspaper article, this looks like a serious case of 'caveat emptor' at worst. What is the developer's case? That he spent eu140m after 'speaking' to someone on the council? Has he never heard of due diligence? A strategy document is just that, it's not an approved local plan. The old 'let's buy the town centre stadium and we'll build you a new one in the country if we can also build 10,000 houses' is surely a bit played-out now.
My one visdit to Drogheda convinced me that it is a pleasant if dull provincial town that hasn't quite realised it's suddenly grown much bigger. I don't recognise your hell-hole, denton, and since when has pedestrianisation (as opposed to out-of-town centres) 'destroyed' business?
IT was the construction that killed business. They ripped up the street in sections over a period of a year and half when it was only supposed to take a few months. They delibertly left gapping holes in the street and snaking traffic that was allways busy backed up and redirected.
Im not an expert but ive heard a lot of horror storeys about it and at least 2 or 3 stores were forced to close. The 2 supermarkets have also massively down graded their staff as a result.
What the town has now is no better. Sure the footh paths are all level but you can nearly see how the town has changed. With all the new larger shops and retail parks on either side of the river people are staying out of the very very busy town centre. The 2 new shopping centre's and the revamped main street are suffering.
No one really know what they're doing with this town. Its a hachet job of development. And everything that has moved out, including the long standing Sound shop, havent been replaced by anything. A lot of buildings are empty.