DEMOLITION OF WALNUT BUILDINGS

The Somerset Guardian, 7th April 2021

Recently, Victor da Cunha, Group Chief Executive of Curo, contacted me to update me about the impending demolition of the Walnut Buildings in Radstock. As former residents and those who live locally will no doubt be aware, the buildings are now empty awaiting demolition and Curo have launched the first of two public consultation exercises to gather the views of the community about the future of the site. 
 
The demolition of Walnut Buildings is expected to start this month and I understand that it is anticipated that this will take about four weeks. The buildings are to be taken down one by one with each block being demolished fully before moving on to the next. Specialist plant will be used to carefully remove roofs and walls and dig up the foundations.
 
I am pleased to see that local residents and interested parties will be able to help shape proposals for the future development to replace the buildings. This is a wonderful opportunity to give advice to Curo in respect of the design of the new housing and to indicate whether you would prefer a return to traditional design and materials in keeping with the area  or the concrete and glass confections that planners sometimes like.  Some may prefer that houses with gardens be built for families upon the site as opposed to flats and others may have ideas about incorporating aspects such as beauty and nature.  
 
I would encourage full participation in the consultation process and the sharing of views on the survey that Curo has launched: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/walnut-buildings. Mr. da Cunha has assured me that the feedback received from this process will help Curo to craft initial proposals which will be published over the next few months in order that a second public consultation can take place later in the year about the details of the design.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance: jacob.reesmogg.mp@parliament.uk.

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