But I don't think anyone had anything bad to say about the Prism? Am I mistaken?
Examiner write-up on 'Distillery Quarter'
The Artists impressions aren't hugely inspiring, but it would be nice to see that part of town developing. It's so close to the centre of town, but it feels like it's very far. The four-lane (four and a half lane!) N20 through the centre of it probably doesn't help.
All these "Quarters" are getting irritating, they never were quarters don't understand why they are now.
Agree; don't see it every catching on.
Developers and businesspeople love that branding shyte, that's why.
I discovered that I lived in a historic "quarter" around two years ago :)
That's the "locked gates" quarter.
It's crazy to think thar we've tried to create a tourist friendly, "historic quarter", yet we allow the residents in a few alleyways to close off public access as and when they see fit.
I've written to the council numerous times about this but nothing is done and residents continue to lock gates on public thoroughfares willy nilly.
Better than junkies etc using the lanes.
The gates don't stop the junkies.
I used to live on one of those alleys and I've since moved and I see more junkies where I am now than I ever did in the alleys in Shandon.
I used to get more afraid having to stop, take keys out, unlock the gate and hope no one was waiting behind me to try get in.
The only time I valued those gates was when there was a particular group camping outside St Mary's and one of the group had a tendency to become highly aggressive (he's still around - even saw a TikTok of him losing it on Oliver Plunkett Street). Two of my housemates were chased by him up to the gates. They were able to slam the gates and lock him out.
Fair enough i dont want to derail the thread saw a tiktok of some guy acting up by the clayton alright.Maybe we need a thread about the state of the city in general.
So why not gate off all our residential streets so junkies can't use them?
That really is the logical conclusion to your statement.
From my experience, the same people who want free reign to lock these thoroughfares at will, seem to be vehemently again an injection centre in the area, too.
And injection center on Spike might be more appealing to our peaceful citizens than city center.
It's brutal to be an addict, but it's no fun getting mugged or assaulted by someone off their face either.
To be honest, I'm far more wary of drunks and general scumbags. While, seeing people using hard drugs on the streets isn't pleasant, I've never had hassle from these people. I'm not saying that no one has suffered at the hands of addicts but my experience has been different. In my experience, most of them are pretty harmless and they are usually too out of it to pose any threat.
seem to be some work in the prism site this morning. would great to see that get property going.
Loathe to take this further off topic, and yes, booze is a disaster, especially the homemade stuff around, but my impression is that drunks often have something else in their system these days, especially if aggressive. And general scumbags… potentially also linked to substances, getting money for it, broken people from being abused by other users etc. Heroin and injecting is a fragment of the problem. Some take any pill they are offered when low. Or at least, that’s how it comes across in the court reports defence arguments… I can’t remember the last time I read one where it was only booze in the defendant’s system.
Has anyone any info on that glenveagh housing development by the Ursulines? Walked past it the other day and saw very little activity. Is it on hold?
I don't think that it ever started? One of many apartment developments that is being sat on
Is it true the new Aldi in Douglas is already looking to expand?
Seems to have been some issues around the cafe in the front. It was pre let and advertising for staff and then all of a sudden it was advertising for tenants again. They may be expanding into that space as a result.
Frome The Echo today:
I didn't realise the Douglas Relief Road had been renamed :)
Cynically I wonder if the café units were a ruse to get it through planning. The first Lidl plan got shut down for not being mixed use IIRC.
I always thought it was strange they didn't leave room for a bakery.
Almost definitely not a ruse. As was mentioned above, there was a coffee shop tenant lined up that was hiring. However, it seems that fell through
I think you are spot on there, condition of planning that they had to have extra commerial units. Know someone that contacted the auctioneer re the other vacant unit and got the run around. This was the plan all along I reckon
Yaay for unaffordable student apartments.
Who rents them though ? , And if it can be made viable to build student apartments how come it can't be made viable to build regular apartments ?
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Student apartments are typically a lot smaller; so more units, so more income for a given site.
They will be viable because if they can’t rent to students because they are to expensive they will turn them into Air BnB