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Resentments simmer as town loses garden centre


The Windsor Observer has reported that the expected closure within weeks of Squires Garden Centre in Windsor has reopened controversy over the Royal Borough's plan to allow houses to be built on or around the Green Belt area where the business is based.


Squires announced at the start of the year it would close the centre, blaming Green Belt planning constraints that had restricted its ability to expand.


This week Cllr Ed Wilson, Conservative councillor for Clewer South ward on the Royal Borough expressed regret to the Windsor Observer about the closure.


He said: "Having lived in this area for more than 25 years I have always known a garden centre on this site. It’s a great shame that Squires are going especially for their staff and suppliers.


"Squires cafe is used as a meeting place for many residents. Dedworth needs more community facilities with or without our garden centres."


A statement from Sarah Squire, deputy chairman of Squire’s Garden Centres, this week removed any lingering hope the centre would stay on its present site.


She said: “Many of the team have already found alternative employment in the local area. Some have chosen to engage in further study or travel. We are obviously keen for our colleagues to stay with Squire’s where possible at our other centres and we are in constant touch as opportunities arise.”


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