Traders at Market Buildings say City Gateway development is hitting their businesses hard

Daily Echo: "We are suffering", say traders "We are suffering", say traders

IT’S supposed to be a multi-million pound landmark development that was hoped to breathe new life into a Southampton community.

The 15-storey City Gateway scheme will provide community facilities and student flats in Swaythling.

But traders opposite fear their businesses have been hit hard by the ongoing work.

Business owners in Market Buildings, in Stoneham Lane, say the work on the City Gateway development is driving away customers.

And they fear the lack of current parking spaces in the area, and once the work is over, will keep people away.

The concerns were raised at a public meeting between traders, and representatives from developers Bouygues and Southampton City Council.

Construction workers have been using sections of the parking spaces usually reserved for Market Buildings staff and customers during the work as part of the planning agreement.

But shopkeepers stressed it is leaving their staff and customers with nowhere to park.

The area around Market Buildings is also being improved as part of the development’s 106 agreement, but traders say the large cage fencing around the perimeter gives passers-by the impression the businesses are closed.

Once work is complete, the 15-storey City Gateway will include student flats, a community medical centre and a pharmacy.

Mike Purkiss, who runs Gear of Honour tattoo and gun shop on Stoneham Lane, told the meeting: “Potentially there is going to be just under 500 new people in this area. If only 50 of them brought cars it would fill the whole area up.

“Nothing is benefiting businesses and the local people.

“I cannot go on much longer the way things are going. It’s almost killed my business.”

Martin Symes, who runs Swaythling Car Accessories, said: “It is starting to really cost us money.

“I have had people phoning me that couldn’t get in to park.”

Vanessa White, from Southampton City Council’s highways department, said the authority would look into the possibility of making the north side of Market Buildings available only for staff and customers to use while the construction work is carried out.

Bouygues development statement:

A spokesman from Bougyes Development said: "We are pleased to have had the opportunity to meet with local stakeholders and discuss the City Gateway project.

"As part of our ongoing programme of community engagement activities on the scheme, we will be holding monthly consultation meetings between Southampton City COuncil, local residents and shopkeepers.

"In addition, our construction team will also provide weekly briefings to the shopkeepers to inform them of the progress of the works and planned activities in the week ahead."

The firm also confirmed more pakring spaces will be provided to businesses than anticipated.

They added: "We remain committed to engaging with our stakeholders and minimising the impact of the works on local businesses."

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12:34pm Fri 7 Feb 14

sotonboy84 says...

It is such a monster of a development and an eyesore. How it ever got planning permission to be so big is beyond me as it alters the entire area around it and looks like a muti-coloured power station that wouldn't be out of place in Russia. Hideous.
It is such a monster of a development and an eyesore. How it ever got planning permission to be so big is beyond me as it alters the entire area around it and looks like a muti-coloured power station that wouldn't be out of place in Russia. Hideous. sotonboy84

2:28pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

sotonboy84 wrote:
It is such a monster of a development and an eyesore. How it ever got planning permission to be so big is beyond me as it alters the entire area around it and looks like a muti-coloured power station that wouldn't be out of place in Russia. Hideous.
This site used to be the Swaythling Youth Centre which was sold off by the Tories as it was underused. The reason being that the youngsters on the Flower Roads estate used to use the Community Centre in Aster Road which was also sold off by the Tories to fund the Sea City Mausoleum. The site also had the Local Housing Office on it, so council tenants now have to trek all the way to St Mary's Street to a LHO that is rarely open, and of course the Swaythling car park was there. All in all the University and the Tories have got together to make things worse for Swaythling. The so called community assets included in the scheme are actually the surgery and pharmacy across the road that are presently more convenient to the bus stops for the elderly patients than crossing a main road to get to them will be. All in all, bad news.
[quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: It is such a monster of a development and an eyesore. How it ever got planning permission to be so big is beyond me as it alters the entire area around it and looks like a muti-coloured power station that wouldn't be out of place in Russia. Hideous.[/p][/quote]This site used to be the Swaythling Youth Centre which was sold off by the Tories as it was underused. The reason being that the youngsters on the Flower Roads estate used to use the Community Centre in Aster Road which was also sold off by the Tories to fund the Sea City Mausoleum. The site also had the Local Housing Office on it, so council tenants now have to trek all the way to St Mary's Street to a LHO that is rarely open, and of course the Swaythling car park was there. All in all the University and the Tories have got together to make things worse for Swaythling. The so called community assets included in the scheme are actually the surgery and pharmacy across the road that are presently more convenient to the bus stops for the elderly patients than crossing a main road to get to them will be. All in all, bad news. Inform Al

4:18pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Big Mac says...

Hope the bloke on the right doesn't run a clothes shop
Hope the bloke on the right doesn't run a clothes shop Big Mac

4:40pm Fri 7 Feb 14

issacchunt says...

The Echo actually ran a story saying how this was being built on waste land, its been built on the carpark that had council offices and a youth centre attached.

how was 360 student flat with no parking built on the area's car park ever going to improve the area? Council are bourgeyes the developer sold the locals down the river.

That said more takeaways and litter coming soon. The university say they have no parking issues, then they buy and demolish the gate and crown & sceptre to turn them into carparks?
The Echo actually ran a story saying how this was being built on waste land, its been built on the carpark that had council offices and a youth centre attached. how was 360 student flat with no parking built on the area's car park ever going to improve the area? Council are bourgeyes the developer sold the locals down the river. That said more takeaways and litter coming soon. The university say they have no parking issues, then they buy and demolish the gate and crown & sceptre to turn them into carparks? issacchunt

4:48pm Fri 7 Feb 14

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. says...

i imagine the shops in swaythling will be swept away for a car park soon enough .
i imagine the shops in swaythling will be swept away for a car park soon enough . WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.

7:18pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. wrote:
i imagine the shops in swaythling will be swept away for a car park soon enough .
If it wasn't for the very well behaved Chinese students at the Uni I would recommend demolishing the campus and build council houses. They had room on campus to build halls of residence over their health centre, but it was easier to disrupt Swaythling.
[quote][p][bold]WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.[/bold] wrote: i imagine the shops in swaythling will be swept away for a car park soon enough .[/p][/quote]If it wasn't for the very well behaved Chinese students at the Uni I would recommend demolishing the campus and build council houses. They had room on campus to build halls of residence over their health centre, but it was easier to disrupt Swaythling. Inform Al

8:31pm Fri 7 Feb 14

03alpe01 says...

Portsmouth has the Spinnaker Tower, a proper Hampshire landmark, the Historic Dockyard, Southsea seafront and now a statue of Charles Dickens. Southampton has a block of student flats and some cranes in the Docks. You know your clutching onto straws when you call a block of student flats a 'distinct landmark'!
Portsmouth has the Spinnaker Tower, a proper Hampshire landmark, the Historic Dockyard, Southsea seafront and now a statue of Charles Dickens. Southampton has a block of student flats and some cranes in the Docks. You know your clutching onto straws when you call a block of student flats a 'distinct landmark'! 03alpe01

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