We are aware that the current building is an eyesore and needs to be replaced as soon as possible but the WPRA's argument is that we don't want it replaced with something completely inappropriate, that will create more parking issues in the area and which we will be stuck with for at least another 50 years.
What we instead want is for the council to deny planning permission for this particular development, forcing the developers to come back to the table with something far more appropriate for the area. We have seen a number of acceptable designs over the years for a replacement development. There is no need to proceed with something wholly inappropriate when there are far better alternatives available.
As soon as an appropriate proposal is submitted for the site, the WPRA will be only too pleased to throw our support behind it. However if this collection of ugly tower blocks is approved, that prospect will never occur.
Please come along to the meeting to show the planning committee the depth of local feeling over this issue.