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Merthyr Tydfil and Croydon: Hammerson's Rustle and Dobbo make impeccable efforts to consult (no hapless PR outfit in sight, as with Brent Cross)

Link to BBC South East Wales

"Shoppers in Merthyr are to be consulted on a proposed £30m development at the town's retail park. London-based company Hammerson will hold a series of public events at Cyfarthfa Retail Park and in the town centre.

The company will explain the plans, which go before the council in January, and ask the public what they think. If given the go-ahead, the expansion could create 550 jobs [300 construction, 250 permanent] and attract big names, like Marks and Spencer.

Consultation is on Thursday at the park's Costa Coffee from 2pm to 8pm [today or next week?] and in Market Place in the town centre on Monday 9 January from 10am to 4pm. Hammerson development executive Russell Beresford encouraged shoppers to find out more about the development.

Residents and businesses of Croydon are invited to an exhibition to view the emerging proposals for Centrale Shopping Centre.

Hammerson, the owner of Centrale is holding a two-day public exhibition offering visitors the opportunity to learn more about the scheme and provide feedback on the plans while they are still being developed.

Hammerson is investing in the region of £40million, as part of the first phase of repositioning the scheme. [Can't it stay where it is? Ho, ho.] The proposals include redesigning a significant section of the internal retail space, creating a family-friendly leisure and restaurant area with a cinema, and improving the car parking.

The creation of improved retail and leisure space will also provide permanent retail and leisure jobs for local people.

Robin Dobson, Hammerson Director for Retail Development said:
"There is strong retailer demand for well designed, modern retail space, and our scheme offers a unique opportunity to bring new names to the town and create a vibrant restaurant hub.
Croydon has slipped down the retail rankings in recent years, and our investment and delivery of new retail space will reverse that decline.  We have a long-term vision for retail in the town, and this is the first step in putting Croydon firmly back on the retail map. [You didn't write this yourself, did you, Dobbo?]

We very much hope that as many people as possible will be able to come and see the emerging plans next week."
Representatives from the project team will be on hand to explain the scheme, talk to members of the public, and answer any questions they may have. [More than they ever were, pre-app., at Brent Cross.]

The public exhibition for is being held [why don't you proof-read, Hammerson? - we do! (Well, usually.)] in the store adjacent to Debenhams and TK Maxx in the North End Mall, Centrale Shopping Centre on Friday 2 December: 12.30 to 6pm, and Saturday 3 December: 09.30am to 2.30pm.

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