MP Jeremy Browne "frustrated" by slow progress of Taunton town centre regeneration

This is The West Country: MP Jeremy Browne, with Brendan Cleere of Taunton Deane Council. MP Jeremy Browne, with Brendan Cleere of Taunton Deane Council.

TAUNTON Deane MP Jeremy Browne has spoken of his frustration at the slow progress of plans to regenerate Taunton town centre.

Speaking after a meeting with Taunton Deane Council development officer Brendan Cleere to discuss the town’s development, Mr Browne said: “The plans for the development of Taunton town centre are spectacular and I very much want them to become a reality. There is so much unrealised potential in areas like Firepool and Tangier.

"It is so frustrating that the progress with developing Taunton town centre has been so slow. "Some welcome changes have been made including the Somerset Museum and around the County Ground but there is still so much that needs to be done.”

He added: "What matters now is turning the visionary ideas into reality.

"We need to work with a clear timetable and resolve that the exciting improvements to Taunton town centre will gather momentum over the next few years and be completed by the end of the decade."

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5:07pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Slow down! says...

The Vision for Taunton sites will just end up as two more Supermarkets and high rise flats with a few houses mixed in, really hope its an Aldi and Waitrose and not another Tescos.
The Vision for Taunton sites will just end up as two more Supermarkets and high rise flats with a few houses mixed in, really hope its an Aldi and Waitrose and not another Tescos. Slow down!
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10:30pm Mon 28 Apr 14

boliston says...

I'm not quite sure why they have started off developing the outling areas of next to the obridge link first, when there are large areas of undeveloped "no mans land" on the old market site and at tangier which should have been developed first. Having huge areas of fairly central unused wasteland for years on end is just a disgrace.
I'm not quite sure why they have started off developing the outling areas of next to the obridge link first, when there are large areas of undeveloped "no mans land" on the old market site and at tangier which should have been developed first. Having huge areas of fairly central unused wasteland for years on end is just a disgrace. boliston
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10:47pm Mon 28 Apr 14

boliston says...

I also note that the original "vison for taunton" plans for longrun meadows included an all weather cycle & pedestrian path linking the silk mills park & ride with the town centre via longrun meadows with a wooden bridge - 4 years later all we have is a muddy unmade path and a £15,000 footbridge bridge still in storage at priory depot due to mis planning of how badly the area floods each winter.
I also note that the original "vison for taunton" plans for longrun meadows included an all weather cycle & pedestrian path linking the silk mills park & ride with the town centre via longrun meadows with a wooden bridge - 4 years later all we have is a muddy unmade path and a £15,000 footbridge bridge still in storage at priory depot due to mis planning of how badly the area floods each winter. boliston
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4:39pm Tue 29 Apr 14

nat_11 says...

so wasteland chique isn't our aim, that's good news,
so wasteland chique isn't our aim, that's good news, nat_11
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7:31pm Thu 1 May 14

Little_Owly says...

Firepool is just an embarrassment for our town. How many years since the cattle market went? Something should have been started by now. Free parking there would have been a good idea until development began. Even a car park would be better than a tatty wasteland.
Firepool is just an embarrassment for our town. How many years since the cattle market went? Something should have been started by now. Free parking there would have been a good idea until development began. Even a car park would be better than a tatty wasteland. Little_Owly
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12:47am Fri 2 May 14

somersetvoyager says...

boliston wrote:
I'm not quite sure why they have started off developing the outling areas of next to the obridge link first, when there are large areas of undeveloped "no mans land" on the old market site and at tangier which should have been developed first. Having huge areas of fairly central unused wasteland for years on end is just a disgrace.
The reason is that housing is easy to sell, but the business sites haven't had any takers.
[quote][p][bold]boliston[/bold] wrote: I'm not quite sure why they have started off developing the outling areas of next to the obridge link first, when there are large areas of undeveloped "no mans land" on the old market site and at tangier which should have been developed first. Having huge areas of fairly central unused wasteland for years on end is just a disgrace.[/p][/quote]The reason is that housing is easy to sell, but the business sites haven't had any takers. somersetvoyager
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7:16am Fri 2 May 14

TauntonBloke29 says...

Jeremy Brown. I am not a supporter of your party but am willing to vote for you should you take hold of this issue and be the main driver in making something happen. Focus your priorities on some achievable objectives. Instead of accepting existing plans look to see what changes can be made to allow something to happen. Communicate and cascade the vision and get things moving.. You have the position to make a huge difference here if you want a legacy and another book deal ;)
Jeremy Brown. I am not a supporter of your party but am willing to vote for you should you take hold of this issue and be the main driver in making something happen. Focus your priorities on some achievable objectives. Instead of accepting existing plans look to see what changes can be made to allow something to happen. Communicate and cascade the vision and get things moving.. You have the position to make a huge difference here if you want a legacy and another book deal ;) TauntonBloke29
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10:42am Fri 2 May 14

souwesterly says...

I get the feeling that while the so-called 'developers' and 'planners' are great at coming up with ludicrously exotic, "spectacular" and financially unsound ideas as to how our town should be developed, they're not so keen to see their projects through.
Draw the pictures; get your pals to rubber stamp them; claim the prizes and plaudits and on to the next project - preferably far far away in case you're ever called on to explain your 'wonderful' plans.
The result is that we now seem to have quite a selection of planned wild and wonderful developments in various stages of neglect, many now resembling bomb sites rather than go-ahead projects.
As has been pointed out, what was wrong with at least using the cattle market for parking; for a 'street' market; for boot sales, etc, etc, in the interim?
I guess, for example that because the government is subsidising the New Inner Link Road then that project is rushing ahead full steam, just in case there's a change of government and governmental funding.
On the other hand, places like Firepool will now just meander on for the next ten years or more, because private money isn't so forthcoming and won't be for ages yet.
We'll then have a nice new road that avails no-one in particular, apart from the few (probably subsidised or illegal) occupants of those above mentioned developments and assorted motorists who are just glad to be able to drive away a bit quicker. And we'll also have huge blighted areas that now that the New Road passes by, will no longer be of interest to developers.
More social housing (but no shops or other useful amenities) on the horizon to fill these much-vaunted developments - just to keep in line with governmental edicts, probably.
I get the feeling that while the so-called 'developers' and 'planners' are great at coming up with ludicrously exotic, "spectacular" and financially unsound ideas as to how our town should be developed, they're not so keen to see their projects through. Draw the pictures; get your pals to rubber stamp them; claim the prizes and plaudits and on to the next project - preferably far far away in case you're ever called on to explain your 'wonderful' plans. The result is that we now seem to have quite a selection of planned wild and wonderful developments in various stages of neglect, many now resembling bomb sites rather than go-ahead projects. As has been pointed out, what was wrong with at least using the cattle market for parking; for a 'street' market; for boot sales, etc, etc, in the interim? I guess, for example that because the government is subsidising the New Inner Link Road then that project is rushing ahead full steam, just in case there's a change of government and governmental funding. On the other hand, places like Firepool will now just meander on for the next ten years or more, because private money isn't so forthcoming and won't be for ages yet. We'll then have a nice new road that avails no-one in particular, apart from the few (probably subsidised or illegal) occupants of those above mentioned developments and assorted motorists who are just glad to be able to drive away a bit quicker. And we'll also have huge blighted areas that now that the New Road passes by, will no longer be of interest to developers. More social housing (but no shops or other useful amenities) on the horizon to fill these much-vaunted developments - just to keep in line with governmental edicts, probably. souwesterly
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