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Fri 13 Oct 2017

Bowers Site Developement

FRUSTRATION over the lack of development at the Bowyers site continues to grow as Innox Mills has repeatedly failed to deliver on its promises, says a Trowbridge councillor.


The company bought the derelict site, which has been empty for a decade, in the spring of 2016, saying it would consult with the general public and produce an exhibition of its proposals which would then progress into a planning application.


Cllr Graham Payne has been on the case of Innox Mills, a London-based business consortium of property investors, for more than a year now about providing leisure and retail facilities there, but he, along with locals, are still waiting.


“They need to come clean. We have been kept in the dark for far too long on this. Fed up people are coming to me all the time, asking, ‘What on earth is going on?’,” he said.


“Are they serious about developing on this site for leisure and retail or do they just want to sell it off as a housing development?


“I asked them not long after they bought it, will they have an exhibition, and every time I call, they keep saying it will be in two months. This is why people tell me that Trowbridge has been let down again by firms that owe no loyalty to the community.”


Jonathan Dean, from Innox Mills, said: “Over the last year we’ve been marketing the site to potential development partners and local stakeholders about the regeneration of Innox Mills.


“We are pleased to say we are now in late stage talks with several organisations and hope to be in a position to provide further details once heads of terms have been signed. 


“We remain absolutely committed to this and look forward to consulting on the developing plans in due course.”

Richard Mills  Reporter WILTSHIRE TIMES