Town's lost street is a dump say locals
CALLS by traders for help to revive Yeovil's "forgotten street" have prompted online debate.
Business owners on Wyndham Street told the Western Gazette they feel cut off from the town centre and pulled together in a bid to drive customers to the row of shops.
Carol Nardiello, 48, of Yeovil, and her sister Trudy, recently expanded Party Goldmine – which sells event decorations and supplies – into a next door unit.
Carol said the move made them realise how much they wanted to revive the street, calling on the town to invest in the area – particularly by supplying Christmas lights during the festive season.
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Reacting on Facebook, Western Gazette reader Donna Lalla said: "I live in this area of town and sometimes it feels like I'm living in a real dump, I cannot wait to move. It just all needs pulling down and starting over again."
While Alex Samways said the traffic is also a problem and proposed pedestrianising the area. He said: "The traffic lights there were a complete waste of money. They are permanently covered over and just make it look like a dump."
But Alison Hall said the area had potential.
She said: "It has a reputation in this area for undesirables. That end of town needs a total revamp for people to change their opinions and find it a pleasant place to shop.
"The old Western Gazette building is beautiful, the area could be transformed and with some lovely flats made out of the shell, it could be great."
But she thought it would require millions to regenerate it.