The Morland site is contaminated by centuries of tannery work, therefore cleaning it up will cost so much that only large-scale big-business commercial development makes economic sense — so goes the argument.
But, writes Bruce Garrard in the latest issue of Free State magazine, “It could be seen the other way around: it is because the site is intended for such large-scale commercial development that the cost will be so high.”
The five-page article is the first of a series on the major social and environmental issues involved. The magazine, from Unique Publications in Glastonbury, sells for £1.95 through the tourist information centre and local bookshops.
Redeveloping the old Morland factory site, a derelict eyesore on Glastonbury’s doorstep for 16 years, is likely to be the subject of a high-profile planning application in 1999. Ten years ago Mendip nearly applied to compulsorily purchase the site from G.R. Holdings — this anonymous London firm also owned the Fair Field and Wirral Park, the green land that now is Safeway, housing and B&Q.