Bandstand Gets a Makeover

small shrubs in square boxesResidents can’t have failed to have seen the changes to the bandstand area on Staplyton Road. The addition of new lighting, replanting of the flower beds, new street furniture including a rustic makeover for the bandstand itself has been welcomed by traders and locals alike. Furthermore, we believe changes to the two internal courtyards are also being considered and are under discussion with existing tenants.

black pick-up truck and pedestrian barriersMembers will remember that BYM purchased the 25-acre site in April 2021. Since the initial flurry of activity things have gone decidedly quiet with no new retailers signing up although things might be about to change.

We understand that Waitrose, the biggest anchor tenant in The Spires has committed to a further 20-year lease. This is very good news for the area, but the good news may not stop there. We also believe that NCP have agreed to surrender their own lease. It is further understood that they will continue to manage the unit until such time as a new operator is found. Barnet Residents have long argued the case for more creative car park pricing and now BYM have a chance to make a real difference to increase usage and footfall.

tidy bed at base of treesThe two biggest empty units are next to Savers and last week surveyors were seen measuring up. Let’s hope that these units will be occupied soon with a business that offers the town something different. We suspect it won’t be a food and beverage business as they almost certainly would need the night-time economy to survive.

spires bandstand with rough wooden panelsFinally, the sale of the old market site in Chipping Close has fallen through. It went to auction in January this year, but we now understood a deal was done only for it to break down. We are currently trying to contact the owner Aberdeen City Council to try and get it returned to community use including events like the classic car show which is still without a home for this year.

5 May 2022