OPINION : Flemingate, Worth The Wait?

OPINION : Flemingate, Worth The Wait?

As it stands the is still not fully complete and the residents of are still waiting in anticipation, it has opened bit by bit which means constantly waiting for something new.

But has the site given the historic town of what it needs and brought it into modern times or has it set the town back.

For starters it is unsure how the new development will affect other businesses in that have been located here for years with staff and employees being able to have a comfortable relationship with regular faces and management knowing one another well.

Is it going to ruin the peaceful flow of the town with busy streets and backed up roads from families and from neighbouring towns and cities visiting the site.

On top of that, is a building site next to a college acceptable, the college has had to go through several changes outside as the site has not been finished in time, and whilst in classes students had to listen to the sound of drills and banging, which is not the best thing during an academic year and not really a suitable learning environment.

Some public property has not been treated in the best manner by some young in the past, is this development a new playground for mistreatment, if so this could make the town unappealing to any visitors, perhaps even dismantle a reputation the town has made.

However, I have heard many residents complain how there is nothing to do in the town and about having to travel to to go to a shopping centre or to a cinema, which costs them extra in transport.

This could be a solution for in particular young to keep them occupied and help them fill their boredom with more productive past times. It could also give a new lease of life and give it a more modern look and show it has more to offer.

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When a young local resident was asked what they thought of the site they told .net;

“Once everything has opened it will be good, like there is more options for men’s clothes and the cinema is ideal, it’s weird though because you feel like you’re not in .”

A student who attends the college stated that;

“It looks nice but there isn’t enough variety of shops’ they also said ‘It was annoying when the construction was right outside the college because we had to put up with all the noise and we had to walk through tight passage ways.”

.net also asked a resident who has called Beverley home for decades what they thought about the site they said;

“It’s nice but it’s not a place I will visit regular, I like the places in the centre of town. Saying that I think it’s a great addition especially the cinema, I know my grandchildren will use that.”

It is yet to be shown what kind of impact the site will have on the town, but whenever I have passed it has been rather busy during the weekends and most reviews have been positive.

The site is also very aesthetically pleasing. Time will tell as to whether the site has been worth all the excitement and patience and if this could be a burden or a blessing for Beverley.


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This article has 5 Comments

  1. Frankly, the place is an eyesore – at least the shopping element. It’s like they’ve built a bit of Redditch / generic New town eyesore high street in Beverley. It doesn’t feel like Beverley because it could literally be any run down high street in the country. I don’t see it competing much with the high street – it’s naff.

    The houses are welcome – they’re attractive enough and definitely meet a local need. The cinema will be well used, but I think an arts centre with a couple of screens would have been much more appropriate than the utterly generic, uninspiring trashy graffiti inviting run of shops we’ve ended up with. They’ve basically built the cheapest, nastiest “retail offering” with the biggest margins they could get away with whilst using as little of their imagination as possible.

    I think the developer has already admitted the shops are a bad idea – they should have pivoted and changed tack with a community hub idea, rather than just trying to pull a fast one and divide the units into smaller areas. Very unimpressed.

  2. Historic Beverley? All the beautiful building in our Town, now this eyesore, looks awful and cheap and the shops are not much cop, will affect the town centre, look what happened in Hull when St Stephens opened, the rest suffered, will happen in Beverley, give it 3 months and we will start seeing shops close, bad move sad times

  3. Let’s go back 10 years to what was there…. a closed museum and a chemical manufacturing site, both within a quarter mile of the minster. I worked on that site and have fond memories of my time there, but I do not miss a chemical factory in the middle of Beverley. I was happy to see it flattened.
    Regenerating the site was always going to be contentious. However, I think the mixture of college, retail and housing is about right. We should be grateful that the development actually happened and has created new jobs and removed an eyesore…. many other towns have not been so fortunate.
    Plus points for me: Cinema, college, open spaces and more variety. Yes, the retail bit is generic modern shopping facility, but i’ll take it over wasteland.
    In terms of retail development for Beverley, that is enough for now. I hope the council do not push for another retail park on the old Grovehill Council Depot, ideally it would be good to see a mixture of small business units and housing (before the green belt to the south is filled in!).
    Will it affect the town centre? I don’t think so, it merely compliments it.

  4. Personally i think it adds nothing to the town – and is an eyesore to boot. Wasted opportunity. Quite frankly i can’t believe this was approved. But there again, giving the track record of this council, maybe i can. The congestion caused is severe and will only get worse. I was a little worries that it would take trade from the centre – i need not have. Makes me wonder if this will become another Princess Quay in a decade or so. Nice work developers/ councillors (again)

  5. I’ve enjoyed Flemingate so far .saved me going to hull cinema is a great idea once again saving going to hull.What was there before was just going to end up a rundown eyesore..so instead of critizing start supporting it !

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