7/3/07 – Eyesore bites the dust at last
Printed in Swindon Advertiser 7th March 2007
DEMOLITION work has started on a building described as an eyesore and blamed for attracting anti-social behaviour.
The Brown Brothers building has been derelict for more than a decade but the bulldozers finally moved in this week.
Cllr Glenn Smith
Coun Glenn Smith said he was “ecstatic” that the building was finally being torn down.
“If it wasn’t for health and safety I would be in the diggers myself.
“The building was an eyesore, and also a health and safety concern because kids got in there, and were doing who knows what inside.
“Hopefully it won’t look like Beirut any more.
“There will be some great new buildings and beautiful outside areas for residents.”
Work building new homes on the site is expected to start in May.
Four weeks ago a security fence was put up to keep vandals out and police warned that anyone who went into the building could be prosecuted for trespassing or arrested for criminal damage.
Nearly every window of the five-storey building had been smashed and local people have complained that it has become a magnet for unruly yobs.
Cllr Dale Heenan
Coun Dale Heenan described the building as a “blight on the landscape” and said he thought residents would be “cheering at the sidelines when the last pieces fell.”
Motor accessories distributor Brown Brothers moved out of Dorcan Way in 1983 and the building has been empty ever since.
The firm had its main computer centre on the site and sold tyres and items for cars on the first floor.
Abbey Developments bought the building last year and was given planning permission to replace the aging structure with seven three and four storey buildings.
But demolition was delayed because of a dispute over how much developers should pay toward local infrastructure improvements.
The new site will include 143 one and two bedroom flats and 43 affordable houses.
Abbey has now agreed to pay