Playing the waiting game

A computer generated image of how the Opus North development could look.
A computer generated image of how the Opus North development could look.

Can anyone tell me, is Debenhams still coming? We wait with baited breath for the inevitable planning permission to be given to Opus North’s scheme for the old Frontierland site.

You would have thought with Opus North’s excellent record in acquiring sites and getting planning permission (their words not mine), that companies like Debenhams, M&S and TK Maxx, etc, would be falling over themselves to be involved in these plans in our town. Not yet it seems, as Opus are still in negotiations which they have been for some considerable time.

We do know we’re getting a bland formulaic restaurant to replace the excellent Ranch House pub selling bog standard food and expensive beer. But what of the other restaurants? Are we getting Indian, Chinese, British or Italian? A McDonald’s perhaps? Does anybody know?

We also know we’re getting a rather cheap hotel which will target the many contractors we get, which could put most hotels in the West End out of business. Maybe even the Clarendon, which will be excellent for the West End won’t it?

Then we come to Opus North’s coup de gras what most of this prime land is going to be – a 376 car parking space.

To go with (deep breath) the car parks at Aldi, Morrisons, Next and Homebase, the market, Frankie and Benny’s, the railway station, the gigantic Winter Gardens, Central Drive and the one at the library, all in a half to three-quarter mile radius.

Do you think we will have enough car parks by then, and LCC wouldn’t be so dastardly as to put double yellow lines on Marine Road so we would have to use the Opus car park would they?

Although as I get deeper into middle age I think maybe I’m being cynical. That these plans are not lazy, limited, unimaginative, with more holes than a Swizz cheese has, and that maybe we will get thousands of shoppers every week. Visitors from afar filling the hotel, car park and restaurants and gazing at Opus North’s artwork on the prom.

Here’s hoping for a prosperous Morecambe in the future and some resurrection for our great town.

But in the meantime, can anyone tell me is Debenhams still coming?

N Appleyard

Lambrigg Close