Sunday, 20 July 2014

Charles Street phase 2 development

I went along to the former 'Bryter Latte' shop on Friday to have a look at the plans for the continued planned development of Dorchester. 'Bryter Latte' was a small cafe, which closed at the beginning of summer 2013. This shop is currently empty and un-let, but was used during the winter as a Christmas Shop by volunteers I believe from the Dorchester United Church opposite. They were offering to wrap your Christmas gifts and were advertising a walk in Nativity play. It was very popular with those unskilled with the wrapping paper and sticky tape!

I chatted with Alistair Calder a senior project Manager of Simons.

The public have a 2 week opportunity to submit comments about the new project. If you have shopped in Marks & Spencer in the town you will know that it is bursting at the seams, and their relocation to a bigger store in the new development will be very welcome to both customers and staff.

Along with a new larger Waitrose and increased parking our town looks like it will continue undergo regeneration.

Our historical town is moving forward. The past and the future hopefully will blend harmoniously together.

Change is inevitable, and can bring opportunities. It can also bring fear amongst those who have become comfortable with their surroundings.

I would encourage residents to speak up now, while they have the opportunity.

The residents that were moved from their former homes in Charles Street many years ago must consider this just another event in the chronicle.

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