Monday, August 13, 2007

My Locarno Is Now A Trendy Wine Bar

After years of standing weedy and slightly charred (twice), the old Locarno building in Old Town is to be rebuilt as, mostly, luxury flats.

There is provision for a gym and bar plus restaurant in the plans, which have yet to be confirmed as the owner has to apply for a license. Of course we all know how new applications for alcohol licenses are felt about by residents in Swindon.

Swindon Centric Says ; On the one hand it's good this plan has been signed, ok it's not yet built, but it's another step forward. But there is a real worry among Swindonians that Old Town will have thousands of flats and no facilities. Could the situation that reared itself on the new estates built around the town come back to haunt the modern day council? That was when estate after estate of new houses were built with no schools, shops, playgrounds, GPs etc to accompany them. Several areas of Swindon continue to suffer the ill effects of poor infrastructure provision to this day.

Will this poor planning situation be repeated and magnified in Old Town because of the high density of residences?

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