City's eyesore development sites will be given facelift
A NEW look is to be seen throughout the city centre to "Get Plymouth building".
Plymouth City Council is launching a campaign to spruce up neglected sites to encourage future development. What were once "embarrassing eyesores" will instead have eye-catching designs and illustrations on hoardings, as well as new uses, the council said.
"We're determined to get Plymouth building and to deliver affordable new housing developments where they are needed," said Cabinet Member for Finance and lead member for the Get Plymouth Building project, Mark Lowry.
"We accept that the market is difficult for the construction industry right now, but surely if they want the value of their investments to pay off, it makes sense to stop contributing to the decline in appearance of an area.
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"Theses sites are a constant frustration to those who live or work nearby – it creates a poor impression."
Sites to be targeted include:
Old Foot Anstey site, Derrys Cross – screened with vibrant hoardings and visual improvements to the temporary car park
3 to 12 Mutley Court, North Hill – repainted and shop fronts given display features
Barrack Place, Stonehouse – screen hoarding with vibrant displays to be put up if no start to development within three months.
Ground floor of O4 building, the Crescent – empty shop unit occupied or vibrant vinyls applied to the windows
Salt Quay, Sutton Harbour – improve recently installed hoardings
Former bus depot site, Laira – improved boundary treatment if no start is made on building work within three months.
The project follows the successful transformation of undeveloped land next to the Drake Circus – the jigsaw garden.