Swindon Borough Council Leader Cllr David Renard (Con)
I would like to take this opportunity to wish Swindon Link readers a very happy New Year. I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and are looking forward to the next 12 months.
There is a lot to get excited about within the council over the next year with some landmark projects set to get off the ground. The most exciting of these is undoubtedly the proposal for a new indoor ski slope on council-owned land at North Star. The £270m scheme, which is being taken forward by SevenCapital, will also boast a 13-screen cinema containing the largest IMAX screen in Europe, a 19-lane bowling alley, circa 27,000 sq ft of trampolining plus restaurants, cafes and shops.
We are expecting work to start on site in the next couple of months. We know how great our town is, but this development will pull in people from far and wide acting as a magnet to boost our economy.
You can expect to see visible progress in the Town Centre over the next year with plans on the Kimmefields area really beginning to take shape. At the time of writing, we are working hard with Zurich on a deal to create state-of-the-art offices which we could see initial work on in the summer.
Outside of the town centre, the creation of the Wichelstowe District Centre, which is being led by the council, continues apace and our plans to turn Moredon Recreation Ground into a sporting hub are simply fantastic.
We are about to enter one of the most exciting periods in the town’s history. We can all look forward to that.