Forward Swindon – looking forward to a new Swindon
Saturday 14th December
In town today, I popped into the central library to buy the Winter edition of the excellent Swindon Heritage magazine from the Visit Swindon desk. Having enjoyed a coffee and a chat with Steve, the friendly barista, in the most excellent Chapters coffee bar I took a few minutes to check out the Forward Swindon banners in the foyer which are all about regeneration projects for Swindon, ongoing and proposed, and it does all look rather exciting.
Forward Swindon is, as their website explains: ” … is the company established by Swindon Borough Council in 2010 to deliver and facilitate economic growth and property development in the town. Forward Swindon is a limited company, funded by the Council, but operated independently with a private sector dominated Board. The staff includes specialists in economic growth and inward investment, regeneration, senior business management, marketing and communications, and project management, with a mix of backgrounds in the private and public sector.”
Personally, I’m looking forward to the Regent Circus development as I hope it will breathe new life into that part of town. And I’m pleased too that the historic longshop at the railway works is going to be converted to extend the Outlet Village. I love how the Outlet has been so sympathetically restored and given new life. I think it’s really rather cool.
Overall, in my humble opinion, including Old Town and the Outlet Centre, Swindon could be a lot worse! It would be just be good though, as was mentioned on Twitter a few days ago, to find a way to bring it together more. But hey, what do I know about it? Don’t answer that! 🙂
Anyway, if you haven’t yet popped into the library to have a look at the banners then do so. It’s interesting and encouraging reading.