Lib Dem run Cotswold District Council has purchased a major town centre property in Cirencester.
27 and 27A Dyer Street has been purchased as a strategic acquisition and is an important pedestrian link between the Waterloo car park and the town centre.
The building currently houses Argos, Savers, the Salvation Army and Young Performers Dance company and they remain in occupation on their current leases.
By purchasing the property the council can make sure that the existing pedestrian access from the Waterloo to Dyer Street will remain in place and there is also an opportunity to enhance and upgrade the walkway which has been branded a ‘grot spot’ by many local residents.
As preparations begin to move forward with the master plan for Cirencester town centre and also the planned decked parking at the Waterloo this site will play an important part in opening up the town centre.
Lib Dem Council Leader and ward member Councillor Joe Harris said, "I’m thrilled we’ve been successful with this purchase, buying this property is significant to the overall proposals we have planned to deliver more parking spaces in the Waterloo Car Park as well as our long term plans for improvements to Cirencester town centre. It increases our options!"
"This purchase also means that we are in control of our own destiny with respect to any future enhancements of the site, a great starting point will be working with the current tenants to see how we can improve the walkway between Dyer Street and the Waterloo Car Park which many residents and visitors find horrible to walk through!"