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Fresh opposition to Wilkinson Eyre Bath scheme

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Wilkinson Eyre's controversial transport interchange scheme in Bath has been buffeted by a renewed wave of public opposition.

More than 10,000 residents have signed a petition opposing the multimillion Southgate regeneration project, which would involve bulldozing local landmark Churchill House (pictured) - a 1920s former electricity company headquarters designed by WA Williams. It would also mean the loss of a ramp created by Isambard Kingdom Brunel (Campaigners attack Wilkinson Eyre's Bath scheme).

The petition has been handed to local councillors and the developer, Bath and North East Somerset Council (BANES).

Petition organiser Save Churchill House says it is now talking to lawyers in the hope of blocking the demolition of Churchill House on legal grounds.

Wilkinson Eyre was unable to comment on the groundswell of opposition to its project.

However, campaigner and Bath councillor Bryan Chalker believes the architects and developer are 'sticking two fingers up' at Bath residents.

He said: 'Churchill House could be incorporated into the design. This would be a major public relations coup for both the architects and the developer.

'The development looks like an empty baked-bean can. But they (Wilkinson Eyre and BANES) are saying 'look, we've got our own way'. There's a lot of anger in Bath. The design is hideous. It's looking like Beirut in Southgate.'

by Clive Walker

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