The White Rose Precinct was built in 1983/4. The precinct took its name from the White Rose Garage, which stood on the promenade next to Woolworths, and the bus fleet of the same name.
The photograph above shows the start of demolition work in May 1983. On the left is the old Belvoir Hotel which later became “Dolawen” Nurses’ Home. Between the garage and Dolawen had been a pair of boarding houses (Nos 8 and 9 East Parade).
In this photograph above, taken in November 1983, only Woolworths remains and the new precinct is taking shape.
In the High Street more demolition was taking place to accommodate the new precinct, the photographs also show the High Street entrance to the White Rose Garage.
The opening of the new White Rose Precinct took place on September 6th 1984. It was developed by Beacontree Estates Ltd., in association with Philip’s Pension Fund and the Land Authority Of Wales. It cost £4,500,000. In 1986 the precinct boasted 24 open shops with a further 5 to open soon, and a car park with 355 spaces. There were 13 staff including a Manager, his secretary, 3 security guards, electricians, mechanics and cleaners.
Internet shopping and “out of town” developments have changed our shopping habits and there is now a crisis in high streets and town centres across Britain. What will the next 30 years bring?