An example of the nonsense from imbecile leader of Rushmoor:
Successful initiatives such as Westgate and changes in the way people shop are providing new opportunities for the town and contributed greatly to the success of the bid. We are very pleased that this money has been secured for investment in Aldershot town centre.
When you make statements like this, you lose all credibility.
Westgate has been described as many things, but successful initiative is not one of them. It has had dire consequences on the town centre, retailers are suffering, look at the number of boarded-up and closed shops, retailers call it Wastegate.
- Two more retailers quit Aldershot
- Aldershot: Closed and boarded-up shops
- Another retailer closing in Aldershot
- Just Shop: Yet another Aldershot retailer closed
Even in its own right, Wastegate is not a success. Walk through daytime and note the empty chain eateries. Every ten pound spent in one of these eateries, is ten pound not spent in the town centre, it is ten pound not recycled within the local economy, were it spent with local retailers.
The cinema, when a long awaited cinema opens in Farnborough, so far over a decade late, will see the bums on seats halve.
It was therefore only a matter of time before one of the chain eateries pulled the plug on Wastegate, now called and please do not laugh, Westgate Leisure Park. Subway has closed, all signs removed, a notice on the door advising go to the Subway in the town centre.
For many, with the large number of empty and boarded-up shops in the town centre, poetic justice.
Who will be next? Eventually around half will close, maybe viable for those remaining. If they cannot survive now, with overspill from the cinema, they will not survive when the cinema opens in Farnborough.
- £4.5 million to be poured into the black hole of Aldershot
- Aldershot £4.5 million down the drain: Consultation, what consultation?