End of the line for Next store

This Is Wiltshire: Staff at Next in the town centre, which has closed Staff at Next in the town centre, which has closed

ONE of the town centre’s best loved clothing outlets has shut up shop for the final time.

The Next store in Regent Street – known as Branch 851 – held its last trading day on Saturday after a final day of packing up and clearing out on Sunday.

The store was forced to close after the British company decided the branch was economically unviable, and all the staff will be transferred to other larger stores around the town.

Shahima Begum, a full-time sales assistant at the store, said she was sad the store was closing but looking forward to new opportunities.

The 21-year-old, from Liden, said: “The store has been here for over 20 years and it’s sad that we’re going.

“We’ve all been split up and transferred to other stores. We’re quite a small store so we haven’t a lot of staff to move.

“There are 13 staff members at the store and that includes managers, sales assistants, the admin team and the deliveries team.

“Because we’re such a small team we’re all really really close, we’re a bit like a family. We just support each other with anything, if there is ever a problem you know you can rely on anyone else to help you.

“Even the people who haven’t even worked here a year are close.

“We all go out together every now and again and I’ll definitely keep in touch. We’ve already made plans to meet up in a few weeks’ time.

“For a lot of us it’s our first job as well so it’s a bit nerve-wracking to be going somewhere else.”

Shahima’s new role will involve working in the company’s home products range.

She said: “We’re all happy that we’ve kept our jobs obviously but we’re all nervous about moving somewhere new. Its going to be different being part of a new team.

“For me I’m going from clothing to home items so it’s going to be different but I’m definitely excited about the new challenge.

“It’s also sad to say goodbye to all our loyal customers we see all the time, I know some of them are sad to see us go as well.”

In a statement, store manager Edyta Sieja said on behalf of the team: “After being in Swindon High Street for over 20 years Next branch 851 is finally closing its doors for the last time and store manager Edyta and the amazing team would like to thank all of our loyal customers for supporting us over the years.

“Being the smallest store in Swindon we have always achieved and exceeded excellent customer service, providing our customers with a warm, friendly and welcoming environment. So from all the staff at Next branch 851 we say a big thank you and goodbye.”

Next currently has a Next at Home store at Mannington, a store at Greenbridge and one at the Orbital.

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10:19am Mon 28 Jul 14

EastleazeRed says...

Never mind ! There's plenty of room for another 99p store .
Never mind ! There's plenty of room for another 99p store . EastleazeRed
  • Score: 27

11:37am Mon 28 Jul 14

Sandor Clegane says...

It's certainly an odd situation where half-decent retailers have been wiped out in Swindon town centre yet we're shortly to have the new College Development open a the top of it.

Will it be enough to lure the thousands of people who travel from Swindon to Bath and Bristol to spend their money each week back into the town? Unlikely, I fear.
It's certainly an odd situation where half-decent retailers have been wiped out in Swindon town centre yet we're shortly to have the new College Development open a the top of it. Will it be enough to lure the thousands of people who travel from Swindon to Bath and Bristol to spend their money each week back into the town? Unlikely, I fear. Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 26

12:00pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Moth says...

Last time I was in Next I felt that it was overpriced, cheap tat so not surprised to read this. I don't mind paying a bit more for decent quality and style but over the past few years both of these have been sadly lacking at Next. Also catering purely for the under 25s is not a good idea as Next seem to have found out the hard way.
Last time I was in Next I felt that it was overpriced, cheap tat so not surprised to read this. I don't mind paying a bit more for decent quality and style but over the past few years both of these have been sadly lacking at Next. Also catering purely for the under 25s is not a good idea as Next seem to have found out the hard way. Moth
  • Score: 17

12:04pm Mon 28 Jul 14

EmmBee says...

Moth wrote:
Last time I was in Next I felt that it was overpriced, cheap tat so not surprised to read this. I don't mind paying a bit more for decent quality and style but over the past few years both of these have been sadly lacking at Next. Also catering purely for the under 25s is not a good idea as Next seem to have found out the hard way.
Under 25s and under 40 inch waist!
[quote][p][bold]Moth[/bold] wrote: Last time I was in Next I felt that it was overpriced, cheap tat so not surprised to read this. I don't mind paying a bit more for decent quality and style but over the past few years both of these have been sadly lacking at Next. Also catering purely for the under 25s is not a good idea as Next seem to have found out the hard way.[/p][/quote]Under 25s and under 40 inch waist! EmmBee
  • Score: 19

12:11pm Mon 28 Jul 14

house on the hill says...

Another sign that the high street in town centres are dying. The store in the Orbital is bigger and easier to park at and there is the Outlet one too, so is probably not much of a surprise really. But sad for those losing their jobs, I think most of us know what that is like at one time or another.
Another sign that the high street in town centres are dying. The store in the Orbital is bigger and easier to park at and there is the Outlet one too, so is probably not much of a surprise really. But sad for those losing their jobs, I think most of us know what that is like at one time or another. house on the hill
  • Score: 11

12:14pm Mon 28 Jul 14

LionelHutz says...

The choice has always been limited at the town centre store because it was so small. The other Next outlets are much bigger and better so this is not a surprise. It is, however, sad to see another major high street retailer depart from the town centre. No doubt another discount store will pop up in its place – it’s a sorry state of affairs.
The choice has always been limited at the town centre store because it was so small. The other Next outlets are much bigger and better so this is not a surprise. It is, however, sad to see another major high street retailer depart from the town centre. No doubt another discount store will pop up in its place – it’s a sorry state of affairs. LionelHutz
  • Score: 18

12:26pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Al Smith says...

This is bad news, in other towns and cities Next have expanded their high street presence, yet they are cutting it here.

Swindon Borough Clownschool if you're listening - the message is clear if you do not offer better value parking (e.g. 1 or 2hrs free) to get people in then you will kill the town centre (if you haven't done so already). Without punters there will be no shops, I went into the Brunel Arcade a few weeks ago and it was dead, empty unit after empty unit, yet 20 years ago every unit was occupied.

The use of parking as a revenue stream (or a form of stealth tax) might help control council tax bills but it will be at the expense of the town centre.
This is bad news, in other towns and cities Next have expanded their high street presence, yet they are cutting it here. Swindon Borough Clownschool if you're listening - the message is clear if you do not offer better value parking (e.g. 1 or 2hrs free) to get people in then you will kill the town centre (if you haven't done so already). Without punters there will be no shops, I went into the Brunel Arcade a few weeks ago and it was dead, empty unit after empty unit, yet 20 years ago every unit was occupied. The use of parking as a revenue stream (or a form of stealth tax) might help control council tax bills but it will be at the expense of the town centre. Al Smith
  • Score: 30

12:27pm Mon 28 Jul 14

lolilovegolf says...

Currys in Regent Street, a few doors down from Next is also shutting down and moving to Greenbridge Retail Park!

I think the rent in the town centre is too expensive, this is why loads of shop units are empty or shutting down!
Currys in Regent Street, a few doors down from Next is also shutting down and moving to Greenbridge Retail Park! I think the rent in the town centre is too expensive, this is why loads of shop units are empty or shutting down! lolilovegolf
  • Score: 27

12:33pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Robh says...

To put it bluntly who wants to shop in the town centre? If I had a shop there I'd sue the council for driving the shoppers away with the poor and expensive parking.
To put it bluntly who wants to shop in the town centre? If I had a shop there I'd sue the council for driving the shoppers away with the poor and expensive parking. Robh
  • Score: 32

12:33pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Captain T says...

I see the Currys.digital store is also shutting up shop and transferring everyone to Greenbridge. Next should really have a large store in town but sadly those overseeing the regeneration haven't got the gumption to take the sort of decisions which could see the centre of town completely transformed into a large, modern, welcoming and upmarket place. You only have to wander around the likes of Bristol, Birmingham, Oxford and the like to see the potential. Next, in any other town/city would be an integral part of the shopping precinct but the fact not even they can make the town centre store viable says a lot about the state of Swindon.
I see the Currys.digital store is also shutting up shop and transferring everyone to Greenbridge. Next should really have a large store in town but sadly those overseeing the regeneration haven't got the gumption to take the sort of decisions which could see the centre of town completely transformed into a large, modern, welcoming and upmarket place. You only have to wander around the likes of Bristol, Birmingham, Oxford and the like to see the potential. Next, in any other town/city would be an integral part of the shopping precinct but the fact not even they can make the town centre store viable says a lot about the state of Swindon. Captain T
  • Score: 19

12:36pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Mango man says...

EmmBee wrote:
Moth wrote:
Last time I was in Next I felt that it was overpriced, cheap tat so not surprised to read this. I don't mind paying a bit more for decent quality and style but over the past few years both of these have been sadly lacking at Next. Also catering purely for the under 25s is not a good idea as Next seem to have found out the hard way.
Under 25s and under 40 inch waist!
Nobody should need anything bigger than a 40" waist, fact
[quote][p][bold]EmmBee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Moth[/bold] wrote: Last time I was in Next I felt that it was overpriced, cheap tat so not surprised to read this. I don't mind paying a bit more for decent quality and style but over the past few years both of these have been sadly lacking at Next. Also catering purely for the under 25s is not a good idea as Next seem to have found out the hard way.[/p][/quote]Under 25s and under 40 inch waist![/p][/quote]Nobody should need anything bigger than a 40" waist, fact Mango man
  • Score: 11

12:51pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Sad to see such a lovely building closing.....Another high street retailer moving out of town.
So glad my own business does not rely on SBC for anything.
Swindon council have you noticed a trend?.....No probably not, the only businesses in the town are high margin products or charities that can afford to rent by paying low etc...

If the plan is to kill the town center well done...
On a side note with a huge new development being built only minutes walk from this site why have NEXT decided to pull now? 4 shops in a town this size does seem over kill unless of course its a greggs.
Sad to see such a lovely building closing.....Another high street retailer moving out of town. So glad my own business does not rely on SBC for anything. Swindon council have you noticed a trend?.....No probably not, the only businesses in the town are high margin products or charities that can afford to rent by paying low etc... If the plan is to kill the town center well done... On a side note with a huge new development being built only minutes walk from this site why have NEXT decided to pull now? 4 shops in a town this size does seem over kill unless of course its a greggs. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 4

12:52pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Sandor Clegane says...

Mango man wrote:
EmmBee wrote:
Moth wrote:
Last time I was in Next I felt that it was overpriced, cheap tat so not surprised to read this. I don't mind paying a bit more for decent quality and style but over the past few years both of these have been sadly lacking at Next. Also catering purely for the under 25s is not a good idea as Next seem to have found out the hard way.
Under 25s and under 40 inch waist!
Nobody should need anything bigger than a 40" waist, fact
Clearly you've not taken a walk round Swindon town centre lately...
[quote][p][bold]Mango man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EmmBee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Moth[/bold] wrote: Last time I was in Next I felt that it was overpriced, cheap tat so not surprised to read this. I don't mind paying a bit more for decent quality and style but over the past few years both of these have been sadly lacking at Next. Also catering purely for the under 25s is not a good idea as Next seem to have found out the hard way.[/p][/quote]Under 25s and under 40 inch waist![/p][/quote]Nobody should need anything bigger than a 40" waist, fact[/p][/quote]Clearly you've not taken a walk round Swindon town centre lately... Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 8

2:20pm Mon 28 Jul 14

strattonwallflower says...

the centre will soon be a ghost town it will not help if/when they close all the car parks and make us use the multi storey I usually go down to greenbridge easier to park and its free
the centre will soon be a ghost town it will not help if/when they close all the car parks and make us use the multi storey I usually go down to greenbridge easier to park and its free strattonwallflower
  • Score: 8

2:34pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Ardiles says...

'Next currently has a Next at Home store at Mannington, a store at Greenbridge and one at the Orbital.'

This comment at the end of the article tells you everything you need to know about the managed long-term decline of Swindon town centre.
'Next currently has a Next at Home store at Mannington, a store at Greenbridge and one at the Orbital.' This comment at the end of the article tells you everything you need to know about the managed long-term decline of Swindon town centre. Ardiles
  • Score: 10

2:56pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Wiltshirereader says...

Al Smith wrote:
This is bad news, in other towns and cities Next have expanded their high street presence, yet they are cutting it here.

Swindon Borough Clownschool if you're listening - the message is clear if you do not offer better value parking (e.g. 1 or 2hrs free) to get people in then you will kill the town centre (if you haven't done so already). Without punters there will be no shops, I went into the Brunel Arcade a few weeks ago and it was dead, empty unit after empty unit, yet 20 years ago every unit was occupied.

The use of parking as a revenue stream (or a form of stealth tax) might help control council tax bills but it will be at the expense of the town centre.
Swindon Borough Clownschool indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!

I despair of Swindon Town Centre, totally despair. Whatever day or time I go there it feels like a ghost town!
[quote][p][bold]Al Smith[/bold] wrote: This is bad news, in other towns and cities Next have expanded their high street presence, yet they are cutting it here. Swindon Borough Clownschool if you're listening - the message is clear if you do not offer better value parking (e.g. 1 or 2hrs free) to get people in then you will kill the town centre (if you haven't done so already). Without punters there will be no shops, I went into the Brunel Arcade a few weeks ago and it was dead, empty unit after empty unit, yet 20 years ago every unit was occupied. The use of parking as a revenue stream (or a form of stealth tax) might help control council tax bills but it will be at the expense of the town centre.[/p][/quote]Swindon Borough Clownschool indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!! I despair of Swindon Town Centre, totally despair. Whatever day or time I go there it feels like a ghost town! Wiltshirereader
  • Score: 5

3:54pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Moth says...

Sandor Clegane wrote:
Mango man wrote:
EmmBee wrote:
Moth wrote: Last time I was in Next I felt that it was overpriced, cheap tat so not surprised to read this. I don't mind paying a bit more for decent quality and style but over the past few years both of these have been sadly lacking at Next. Also catering purely for the under 25s is not a good idea as Next seem to have found out the hard way.
Under 25s and under 40 inch waist!
Nobody should need anything bigger than a 40" waist, fact
Clearly you've not taken a walk round Swindon town centre lately...
I'm very lucky that I'm one of those people who can eat anything and never put on an ounce of weight - but then I don't eat junk food that often, very rarely, just now and again. Cook my own from scratch - know what's in it that way. I look at some of the younger people, many horribly obese. Some can't even walk properly, only waddle or shuffle. If only they could see what happens to someone who dies at a fairly young age because they were morbidly obese, had diabetes because of it, heart attacks and heart failure. I have seen this and it's a long, slow, painful, lingering death. Harrowing to watch :(
[quote][p][bold]Sandor Clegane[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mango man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EmmBee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Moth[/bold] wrote: Last time I was in Next I felt that it was overpriced, cheap tat so not surprised to read this. I don't mind paying a bit more for decent quality and style but over the past few years both of these have been sadly lacking at Next. Also catering purely for the under 25s is not a good idea as Next seem to have found out the hard way.[/p][/quote]Under 25s and under 40 inch waist![/p][/quote]Nobody should need anything bigger than a 40" waist, fact[/p][/quote]Clearly you've not taken a walk round Swindon town centre lately...[/p][/quote]I'm very lucky that I'm one of those people who can eat anything and never put on an ounce of weight - but then I don't eat junk food that often, very rarely, just now and again. Cook my own from scratch - know what's in it that way. I look at some of the younger people, many horribly obese. Some can't even walk properly, only waddle or shuffle. If only they could see what happens to someone who dies at a fairly young age because they were morbidly obese, had diabetes because of it, heart attacks and heart failure. I have seen this and it's a long, slow, painful, lingering death. Harrowing to watch :( Moth
  • Score: 3

4:59pm Mon 28 Jul 14

beach1e says...

Swindon town centre isnt a ghost town, its full of the great unwashed and beggars...and its a pain to get to if you live in the north of the town.But this council wholeheartedly supports people in the north of the town going to better town centres due its choice to spend money on other areas other than the roads into the town centre.So all the other stores that are in trouble..blame the council who are rather good at throwing away council taxpayers money.
Swindon town centre isnt a ghost town, its full of the great unwashed and beggars...and its a pain to get to if you live in the north of the town.But this council wholeheartedly supports people in the north of the town going to better town centres due its choice to spend money on other areas other than the roads into the town centre.So all the other stores that are in trouble..blame the council who are rather good at throwing away council taxpayers money. beach1e
  • Score: 5

7:44pm Mon 28 Jul 14

roberto5 says...

If we can't even keep a Next what can we do?! So embarrassing. The council is letting the town centre become obsolete, and letting all the big retailers to move away. Isn't the town centre meant to be the hub?
If we can't even keep a Next what can we do?! So embarrassing. The council is letting the town centre become obsolete, and letting all the big retailers to move away. Isn't the town centre meant to be the hub? roberto5
  • Score: 11

7:55pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

roberto5 wrote:
If we can't even keep a Next what can we do?! So embarrassing. The council is letting the town centre become obsolete, and letting all the big retailers to move away. Isn't the town centre meant to be the hub?
Ask your local councilor what they are doing about it and what plans are in place?
[quote][p][bold]roberto5[/bold] wrote: If we can't even keep a Next what can we do?! So embarrassing. The council is letting the town centre become obsolete, and letting all the big retailers to move away. Isn't the town centre meant to be the hub?[/p][/quote]Ask your local councilor what they are doing about it and what plans are in place? Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 0

8:00pm Mon 28 Jul 14

supersaver says...

what we need is an Orbital Centre in the town centre, a big quality market and 3/4 hours free parking then the small independents/start ups
may follow!
what we need is an Orbital Centre in the town centre, a big quality market and 3/4 hours free parking then the small independents/start ups may follow! supersaver
  • Score: 8

8:23pm Mon 28 Jul 14

roberto5 says...

Badgersgetabadname wrote:
roberto5 wrote:
If we can't even keep a Next what can we do?! So embarrassing. The council is letting the town centre become obsolete, and letting all the big retailers to move away. Isn't the town centre meant to be the hub?
Ask your local councilor what they are doing about it and what plans are in place?
That will be like blood from a stone.
[quote][p][bold]Badgersgetabadname[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roberto5[/bold] wrote: If we can't even keep a Next what can we do?! So embarrassing. The council is letting the town centre become obsolete, and letting all the big retailers to move away. Isn't the town centre meant to be the hub?[/p][/quote]Ask your local councilor what they are doing about it and what plans are in place?[/p][/quote]That will be like blood from a stone. roberto5
  • Score: 0

9:11pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Davey Gravey says...

Sandor clegane meddles with the site voting system. He is also banned and uses multiple log ins. Beware if he thinks you are a lefty. 👎
Sandor clegane meddles with the site voting system. He is also banned and uses multiple log ins. Beware if he thinks you are a lefty. 👎 Davey Gravey
  • Score: -4

9:46pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Jockinswindon says...

I totally agree with the previous comments regarding greedy SBC parking charges. Who is honestly going to take a trip to Swindon town centre, pay high parking charges just to shop at the ever increasing pound shops (or 99p) and avoid the chavs, drug dealers and the huge lazy people that use these massive mobility scooters and yet, manage to walk normally into each shop! Swindon town centre is dying unfortunately and Next has got out rather wisely!
I totally agree with the previous comments regarding greedy SBC parking charges. Who is honestly going to take a trip to Swindon town centre, pay high parking charges just to shop at the ever increasing pound shops (or 99p) and avoid the chavs, drug dealers and the huge lazy people that use these massive mobility scooters and yet, manage to walk normally into each shop! Swindon town centre is dying unfortunately and Next has got out rather wisely! Jockinswindon
  • Score: 3

8:50am Tue 29 Jul 14

Oldtownmum says...

Shame. Another quality shop shuts up and even less reason to go into town. I think I've been in once in the last year. It's grubby, and full of pound shops and loiterers. Be interesting to see what happens when the new development is completed. I'm not sure it's enough to lure me in....
Shame. Another quality shop shuts up and even less reason to go into town. I think I've been in once in the last year. It's grubby, and full of pound shops and loiterers. Be interesting to see what happens when the new development is completed. I'm not sure it's enough to lure me in.... Oldtownmum
  • Score: 3

8:52am Tue 29 Jul 14

Oldtownmum says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Sandor clegane meddles with the site voting system. He is also banned and uses multiple log ins. Beware if he thinks you are a lefty. 👎
Grow up with silly provocative comments. Why not get a hobby? I hear bowls is a nice interest for bored middle aged men. You could set up a team with the other boring not pickers on here.....
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Sandor clegane meddles with the site voting system. He is also banned and uses multiple log ins. Beware if he thinks you are a lefty. 👎[/p][/quote]Grow up with silly provocative comments. Why not get a hobby? I hear bowls is a nice interest for bored middle aged men. You could set up a team with the other boring not pickers on here..... Oldtownmum
  • Score: 1

8:56am Tue 29 Jul 14

Oldtownmum says...

Oldtownmum wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
Sandor clegane meddles with the site voting system. He is also banned and uses multiple log ins. Beware if he thinks you are a lefty. 👎
Grow up with silly provocative comments. Why not get a hobby? I hear bowls is a nice interest for bored middle aged men. You could set up a team with the other boring not pickers on here.....
Nit pickers!
[quote][p][bold]Oldtownmum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Sandor clegane meddles with the site voting system. He is also banned and uses multiple log ins. Beware if he thinks you are a lefty. 👎[/p][/quote]Grow up with silly provocative comments. Why not get a hobby? I hear bowls is a nice interest for bored middle aged men. You could set up a team with the other boring not pickers on here.....[/p][/quote]Nit pickers! Oldtownmum
  • Score: 0

9:46am Tue 29 Jul 14

Davey Gravey says...

Oldtownmum wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
Sandor clegane meddles with the site voting system. He is also banned and uses multiple log ins. Beware if he thinks you are a lefty. 👎
Grow up with silly provocative comments. Why not get a hobby? I hear bowls is a nice interest for bored middle aged men. You could set up a team with the other boring not pickers on here.....
The provocation is the targeting of people's comments. Telling people what is going on is merely pointing it out.
[quote][p][bold]Oldtownmum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Sandor clegane meddles with the site voting system. He is also banned and uses multiple log ins. Beware if he thinks you are a lefty. 👎[/p][/quote]Grow up with silly provocative comments. Why not get a hobby? I hear bowls is a nice interest for bored middle aged men. You could set up a team with the other boring not pickers on here.....[/p][/quote]The provocation is the targeting of people's comments. Telling people what is going on is merely pointing it out. Davey Gravey
  • Score: -3

10:01am Tue 29 Jul 14

EmmBee says...

I spent the weekend in Abingdon, parking is free for the first 2 hours there. Even on Sunday the town was full of people, sitting out at cafes and browsing in the shops.
I spent the weekend in Abingdon, parking is free for the first 2 hours there. Even on Sunday the town was full of people, sitting out at cafes and browsing in the shops. EmmBee
  • Score: 3

10:12am Tue 29 Jul 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

EmmBee wrote:
I spent the weekend in Abingdon, parking is free for the first 2 hours there. Even on Sunday the town was full of people, sitting out at cafes and browsing in the shops.
SBC will never give up what they see as a cash cow of free parking refusing to see long term benefits over a quick pay day.
[quote][p][bold]EmmBee[/bold] wrote: I spent the weekend in Abingdon, parking is free for the first 2 hours there. Even on Sunday the town was full of people, sitting out at cafes and browsing in the shops.[/p][/quote]SBC will never give up what they see as a cash cow of free parking refusing to see long term benefits over a quick pay day. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 2

10:22am Tue 29 Jul 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

roberto5 wrote:
Badgersgetabadname wrote:
roberto5 wrote:
If we can't even keep a Next what can we do?! So embarrassing. The council is letting the town centre become obsolete, and letting all the big retailers to move away. Isn't the town centre meant to be the hub?
Ask your local councilor what they are doing about it and what plans are in place?
That will be like blood from a stone.
True but its a quick letter or an email and if enough people do it as publicly as possible (post letter online) a reasonable time frame for response would be 14 days.
There are quite a few local social medias to use to ensure the public know who has been asked, when and what of any response they have.
General election coming this is when issues like this can be forced.

If there is no response the cllr / cand contacted does not care and people can vote accordingly.
[quote][p][bold]roberto5[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Badgersgetabadname[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roberto5[/bold] wrote: If we can't even keep a Next what can we do?! So embarrassing. The council is letting the town centre become obsolete, and letting all the big retailers to move away. Isn't the town centre meant to be the hub?[/p][/quote]Ask your local councilor what they are doing about it and what plans are in place?[/p][/quote]That will be like blood from a stone.[/p][/quote]True but its a quick letter or an email and if enough people do it as publicly as possible (post letter online) a reasonable time frame for response would be 14 days. There are quite a few local social medias to use to ensure the public know who has been asked, when and what of any response they have. General election coming this is when issues like this can be forced. If there is no response the cllr / cand contacted does not care and people can vote accordingly. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -2

1:49pm Tue 29 Jul 14

trolley dolley says...

Who will be NEXT.!!!
Who will be NEXT.!!! trolley dolley
  • Score: 2

2:41pm Tue 29 Jul 14

FLOGGITLAD says...

arent they moving to the old primark shop next to the underpass???>
arent they moving to the old primark shop next to the underpass???> FLOGGITLAD
  • Score: 0

10:42pm Tue 29 Jul 14

lisers says...

Badgersgetabadname wrote:
EmmBee wrote:
I spent the weekend in Abingdon, parking is free for the first 2 hours there. Even on Sunday the town was full of people, sitting out at cafes and browsing in the shops.
SBC will never give up what they see as a cash cow of free parking refusing to see long term benefits over a quick pay day.
should of voted the council out when you had the chance
[quote][p][bold]Badgersgetabadname[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EmmBee[/bold] wrote: I spent the weekend in Abingdon, parking is free for the first 2 hours there. Even on Sunday the town was full of people, sitting out at cafes and browsing in the shops.[/p][/quote]SBC will never give up what they see as a cash cow of free parking refusing to see long term benefits over a quick pay day.[/p][/quote]should of voted the council out when you had the chance lisers
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9:09am Wed 30 Jul 14

Wowzimmer says...

This really is rather sad news. Of course Next have two larger, modern stores in out of town shopping centres in Swindon but it's a big blow to the town centre.

For a town the size of Swindon I for one believe that the High Street should be the focal point for the town. A place not only to shop, but to socialise, celebrate, enjoy, learn and relax.

There are many exciting proposals put forward in the Town Centre Master Plan commissioned by the council and I sincerely hope that both the council and private developers can work together at breakneck speed to make Swindon's town centre the success it rightly deserves to be.
This really is rather sad news. Of course Next have two larger, modern stores in out of town shopping centres in Swindon but it's a big blow to the town centre. For a town the size of Swindon I for one believe that the High Street should be the focal point for the town. A place not only to shop, but to socialise, celebrate, enjoy, learn and relax. There are many exciting proposals put forward in the Town Centre Master Plan commissioned by the council and I sincerely hope that both the council and private developers can work together at breakneck speed to make Swindon's town centre the success it rightly deserves to be. Wowzimmer
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9:21am Wed 30 Jul 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

lisers wrote:
Badgersgetabadname wrote:
EmmBee wrote:
I spent the weekend in Abingdon, parking is free for the first 2 hours there. Even on Sunday the town was full of people, sitting out at cafes and browsing in the shops.
SBC will never give up what they see as a cash cow of free parking refusing to see long term benefits over a quick pay day.
should of voted the council out when you had the chance
Sorry I only had one vote.
[quote][p][bold]lisers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Badgersgetabadname[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EmmBee[/bold] wrote: I spent the weekend in Abingdon, parking is free for the first 2 hours there. Even on Sunday the town was full of people, sitting out at cafes and browsing in the shops.[/p][/quote]SBC will never give up what they see as a cash cow of free parking refusing to see long term benefits over a quick pay day.[/p][/quote]should of voted the council out when you had the chance[/p][/quote]Sorry I only had one vote. Badgersgetabadname
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2:40pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Dickdock says...

Well I am afraid to say it is down to forward thinking swindon or what ever they call themselves.
To a mere layman what you need to get people into the town centre is a good transport link, and easy options to get around the town centre.
Unfortunately for many years a guy who rides a bike and has no driving licence has been in charge of the road system around town.
SBC own a bus company, guess what is the easiest way of getting into the town centre !!!!!!!!!
Not so many years ago we had a thriving town centre, we had a thriving market in Fleet Street , and what do we have now, cafe,s and cheap shops.
Not so many years ago, from the magic roundabout , you had 2 lanes of traffic coming into the town, and almost all the way around the town centre, it is now almost impossible to take a sensible route around town .
All the bus lanes and bus gates makes it a pain in the backside to get into town,
The master plan was to discourage people from driving to the town centre,
Well guess what, this is the only thing that has worked, people don't drive to the town centre,
But whilst the actual master plan was to encourage people to use the bus service, that didn't work.
People who have cars use cars, people that travel on busses travel on busses, it not difficult to work out
The writing was on the wall years ago, when SBC started to complain that they would have to put parking charges up, as people were not using the car parks, guess what people were not using the car parks because you discourage them from using them and in tern discouraged them for. Using the town centre
Forward thinking, and SBC wake up and listen to the people.
Well I am afraid to say it is down to forward thinking swindon or what ever they call themselves. To a mere layman what you need to get people into the town centre is a good transport link, and easy options to get around the town centre. Unfortunately for many years a guy who rides a bike and has no driving licence has been in charge of the road system around town. SBC own a bus company, guess what is the easiest way of getting into the town centre !!!!!!!!! Not so many years ago we had a thriving town centre, we had a thriving market in Fleet Street , and what do we have now, cafe,s and cheap shops. Not so many years ago, from the magic roundabout , you had 2 lanes of traffic coming into the town, and almost all the way around the town centre, it is now almost impossible to take a sensible route around town . All the bus lanes and bus gates makes it a pain in the backside to get into town, The master plan was to discourage people from driving to the town centre, Well guess what, this is the only thing that has worked, people don't drive to the town centre, But whilst the actual master plan was to encourage people to use the bus service, that didn't work. People who have cars use cars, people that travel on busses travel on busses, it not difficult to work out The writing was on the wall years ago, when SBC started to complain that they would have to put parking charges up, as people were not using the car parks, guess what people were not using the car parks because you discourage them from using them and in tern discouraged them for. Using the town centre Forward thinking, and SBC wake up and listen to the people. Dickdock
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9:12pm Wed 30 Jul 14

subbuteoles says...

EmmBee wrote:
I spent the weekend in Abingdon, parking is free for the first 2 hours there. Even on Sunday the town was full of people, sitting out at cafes and browsing in the shops.
I live in Abingdon. The local council have only recently made the first 2 hours of any parking free to attract shoppers into the town. Many locals travel to nearby Didcot where the shopping is far better with a wider range of shops. When i travel down to Swindon for the football, if i need to shop in town i park by the football ground and walk down. £2.40p for 2 hrs parking in the town car parks is quite steep even on a Sunday. A 2hr free parking scheme in the town would for certain encourage more people to use the town centre shops. Also if some more toilets were available.
[quote][p][bold]EmmBee[/bold] wrote: I spent the weekend in Abingdon, parking is free for the first 2 hours there. Even on Sunday the town was full of people, sitting out at cafes and browsing in the shops.[/p][/quote]I live in Abingdon. The local council have only recently made the first 2 hours of any parking free to attract shoppers into the town. Many locals travel to nearby Didcot where the shopping is far better with a wider range of shops. When i travel down to Swindon for the football, if i need to shop in town i park by the football ground and walk down. £2.40p for 2 hrs parking in the town car parks is quite steep even on a Sunday. A 2hr free parking scheme in the town would for certain encourage more people to use the town centre shops. Also if some more toilets were available. subbuteoles
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