Monday 4 January 2016 1.28am
I've only been living in the area for just over a year but I am interested to hear more about what was along particularly Spa Road 5,10,20 or more years ago so I can picture it. I'm just somebody who's interested in what came before, no other reason, particularly as so many apartments around Spa Road, Abbey St, Jamaica Road
and Long Lane
appear to have been built in the last decade or less.
I first came to the area in 2008 when I was working at a local school, just before Del Aziz opened with the Shortwave Cinema, so I remember those changes. I also remember the tower blocks where Tesco on Jamaica Rd now lies, beneath the new apartments. I also used to visit a friend on the Neckinger estate but frustratingly I can't remember what was on the other side of the road where The Exchange now lies. I once also went in the one-stop council offices which are now luxury flats, but again, I can't remember much else as I wasn't living in the area at the time.
What was where the Bolanichi building now lies, or those apartments above the betting shop and Cafe Del Amore?
And what was where those apartments round by Coop are, or around St James' church yard?
Would love to know more, memories of the neighbourhood, what's been lost and gained, and pictures would be even better.