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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 4th April, 2014)

Rodney Street

Rodney Street
The view towards Rodney Street from River Way now that the old town hall has gone.

Photo: Brian  (Sony Cybershot DSC-H200)
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Comment by: Ken R on 4th April 2014 at 00:17

Sad scene. What happened to the stonework, was it stripped by the stone??

Comment by: Jonno on 4th April 2014 at 01:39

Sorry Brian that does nothing for me, but i admire your efforts.

Comment by: kath on 4th April 2014 at 06:56

Interesting!I wonder what will be built on that empty site?

Comment by: Scholes Malc on 4th April 2014 at 07:55

lot better without the eyesore

Comment by: Helen on 4th April 2014 at 08:10

Was there a chapel in Rodney St ? I seem to recall there was, it was something to do with a Mitchell St chapel in days gone by ?

Comment by: Rev David Long on 4th April 2014 at 08:49

The "Christian Meeting House - 1858" is the building between the modern shops and offices on the left and Alfred Waterhouse's Library building on the right. The plaque is clearly visible above the door of what is now some kind of club.

Comment by: Den s on 4th April 2014 at 09:41

I hope that this land will eventually be used for buildings of style and quality, but given our Councils past efforts I think it will be more hope than expectation.

Comment by: will king on 4th April 2014 at 09:45

Nice to see a picture that does not invade peoples right to privacy.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 4th April 2014 at 10:45

What 'right to privacy' would that be, will? You're under surveillance all the time - and get blathered on Friday night in King Street and you could go national on one of those Police camera tv shows... and that's without going into the internet spy thing....
Den - the land doesn't belong to the Council and a determined developer can put up practically anything because ultimately the Government will override local planning decisions, in the name of localism.
Welcome to 1984 - Orwell was only 30 years out!

Comment by: Helen on 4th April 2014 at 13:42

You are right Rev David.....you can be kept track of all the time. Mobile phone, computer, CCTV etc. My cousin who lives in a remote part of Scotland was captured on screen outside his house by a camera filming 'Street View'!!

Comment by: Den s on 4th April 2014 at 18:06

Rev David, the Government was not responsible for the building of the Big Red Box at the back of this photograph.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 4th April 2014 at 19:30

I quite like that building - it's certainly an improvement on the one it replaced. I think it has been designed very well to fit in with the red-brick architecture of Library Street, and I think it will wear quite well - certainly better than the office block on the left., but probably not as well as the most honest-looking building there - the old chapel.
Whatever is built on the old Town Hall site will not please everyone, but I'd rather have a genuine modern building than one which pretends to be something it's not.

Comment by: John H on 7th April 2014 at 00:24

If this is the same Rodney street I think it is, my old accountant [Mr Mc,cardle] was my accountant when I was a freelance photographer. Though I have happy to see the place looking cleaner there is a part in my heart for my old accountant Mr Mccardle. So thanks Brian for the memories

Comment by: Derek on 22nd April 2014 at 12:09

The chap who owns the new office block on the corner also owns the land where the old town hall stood.
Because he couldn't get his plans for his proposed development passed, he deliberately allowed the old town hall to decay until it became dangerous and had to be demolished on the grounds of health and safety.
He can now build practically anything he wants on a "Brown field" site.
Probably destined for more shops that nobody wants.

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