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Westwood Cross is a shopping centre in Westwood in Broadstairsmarker , Thanetmarker, East Kentmarker. It was built by Carillion and opened in June 2005. It is situated on the former Haine Hospital site, which closed in June 1997 and was demolished in 2003.

Main shopping centre

The centre has received a mixed response from local people and the press; it is felt by many who live there that the neighbouring towns of Margate and Ramsgate have suffered as a result of the centre.

The development is not enclosed and features a pedestrian parade, designed to have a high street feel to it. This parade is host to a continental market during the week .

There is a Sainsbury'smarker, McDonalds and a large Tescomarker Extra nearby. Recently, J Sainsbury PLCmarker announced a partnership with Land Securities which included their site next to Westwood Cross which is also owned by Land Securities.

Shops

Shops at Westwood Cross include







  • Topman
  • Topshop
  • Burton
  • WHSmith
  • Mothercare
  • JD sports
  • River Island
  • HSBC
  • JJB sports
  • Boots
  • Clintons
  • Clarkes
  • H.samuels
  • Ernest Jones
  • O2
  • Carphone Warehouse
  • The body shop
  • Select
  • Thorntons
  • Peacocks
  • Claires accessories
  • Fusion Hair and Beauty
  • Hobbycraft


Refreshments are available at Bakers Oven, Caffe Nero, Coffee Republic, Subway and Costa Coffee.

Transport connections

On one side of the centre is a bus station, served by Stagecoach in East Kent and Eastonways. In particular Stagecoach in East Kent's Thanet Loop passes through the centre. The nearest train station is located at Ramsgatemarker, which is 1.7 miles away. The next nearest town centre is Broadstairsmarker (whose boundaries include Westwood Cross), although this is a small town centre with few major shops.

New developments

In October 2007 an entertainment development began to open on a site to the southwest of Westwood Cross. This comprises four restaurants, a large Vue multiplex cinema (opened in November 2007), a casino and Gala bingo hall which both opened in March 2008.

Phase Two of Westwood Cross was recently completed, following the relocation of the Wickes store which formerly stood beside the bus station. This addition to the centre includes several new retail units and space for up to three restaurants along with extra parking. As of January 2009 only one of the new units has been leased and the others stand empty.

Nearby Towns

Immediate Locality

Nearby Notable Towns



Criticism and Controversy

Cllr David Green, in 2006, posted a comment on an opposition councillor's blog that KCC opposed the Westwood Cross project and "have failed to provide the infrastructure required".

The centre has received a mixed response from local commenters with the local blogging community being largely negative towards the development.

References

  1. http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/Isle-of-Thanet/2006-10/1160136142
  2. http://thanetstar.com/article/thanet-s-reaction-to-westwood-cross
  3. http://birchington.blogspot.com/2006/01/white-whale-of-westwood.html?showComment=1136560140000#c113656019985638995
  4. http://bignewsmargate.blogspot.com/search/label/Westwood%20Cross
  5. http://www.ademweb.co.uk/blog/?p=954



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