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Claude
post Jun 2 2017, 02:01 PM
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As I walked down the hill from the war memorial at the junction of Speen Lane and Old Bath Road, towards Northcroft leisure centre, my eye was drawn to the multi-storey tower in the town centre.

Now the Sterling Cables tower is no more, is the BT exchange tower (is that its name?) now the tallest and ugliest building in the town? Ok, maybe there are uglier buildings, and I appreciate that's subjective and some will have grown to love it, but there can't be many that are bigger.

Who owns it? What's its official name? What's inside? How many floors are there and are they all in use? Have you ever been inside? What's the likelihood of it being knocked down and redeveloped into residential property?

What do you know about it?
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SirWilliam
post Nov 8 2017, 01:31 PM
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Could someone explain why it is perfectly ok to spend a six figure amount of tax payers money on prettying up a supposed eyesore yet they bulk at forking out some lose change on a school crossing lady ?
Like the good book sayeth ," if thine eye offends thee cast it out ". Quite happy to oblige if asked .


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post Nov 8 2017, 03:06 PM
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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Nov 8 2017, 01:31 PM) *
Could someone explain why it is perfectly ok to spend a six figure amount of tax payers money on prettying up a supposed eyesore yet they bulk at forking out some lose change on a school crossing lady ?
Like the good book sayeth ," if thine eye offends thee cast it out ". Quite happy to oblige if asked .


Could someone explain where it is suggested that any public money should be spent on this?
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post Nov 8 2017, 05:15 PM
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QUOTE (blackdog @ Nov 8 2017, 03:06 PM) *
Could someone explain where it is suggested that any public money should be spent on this?


I don't think there is any suggestion that public money should be spent, although a good few are thinking the landlord or the occupier BT ought to cough up. I must admit, I'm nonplussed as to why Councillors are even discussing this micro issue; particularly given the rather more serious issues that should be attracting their focus and attention. I certainly haven't heard any serious disquiet.

Maintaining and developing a good built environment is very important. Good townscapes are developed over many years and ought to contain rather more than Disney film set designs. Arguably, the Exchange is a reasonably well designed and preserved example of its type - why does it need hiding or demolishing? Liking it or not is down to personal taste, and fashions come and go.

So in development terms, the real planning strategists ought to be protecting it. It's certainly a far better building than the rather dreadful very modern construction directly opposite on Bear Lane. For these reasons, the cynic in me smells a rat.


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post Nov 8 2017, 11:06 PM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Nov 8 2017, 05:15 PM) *
I don't think there is any suggestion that public money should be spent, although a good few are thinking the landlord or the occupier BT ought to cough up. I must admit, I'm nonplussed as to why Councillors are even discussing this micro issue; particularly given the rather more serious issues that should be attracting their focus and attention. I certainly haven't heard any serious disquiet.


One councillor is banging on about what she's keen on, are any other councillors even discussing it? I guess it gets in the paper because she's a councillor, but I'm pretty sure this is a personal opinion that is nothing to do with the council.

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post Nov 9 2017, 09:29 AM
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QUOTE (blackdog @ Nov 8 2017, 11:06 PM) *
One councillor is banging on about what she's keen on, are any other councillors even discussing it? I guess it gets in the paper because she's a councillor, but I'm pretty sure this is a personal opinion that is nothing to do with the council.


She is an elected member of NTC and a very vocal one so just as NWN has, unless she specifically says otherwise, this is what she is campaigning for. This is just how the Greenham Tower project started.

Once you've been elected to public office, your own views when expressed in public can't be considered personal.


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- Claude   Newbury's tallest (and ugliest?) building   Jun 2 2017, 02:01 PM
- - Biker1   QUOTE (Claude @ Jun 2 2017, 03:01 PM) Who...   Jun 2 2017, 02:13 PM
- - Andy Capp   I understand the BT tower sits on top of a pile of...   Jun 2 2017, 04:49 PM
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