Bentley Bridge is a private sector development. The City Council play no role in either it’s up keep or management. It has changed hands and is now owned by Friends Life Limited.
Councillor Phil Bateman said today ” Aviva Investors was appointed the Fund Manager for Friends Life Limited, who own the park, on 20 November 2015, following its sale.
The agents for the development however have not changed which is vitally important to us, as we have built up a good relationship with them since 2012. The Agents inform me that business is brisk, and that trading in 2016 has started on Par with 2015.
What that means is that almost every day of the week we see between 8 and 10,000 visitors arriving into this location and spending their money in Wednesfield, keeping our own local economy healthy.
There are some 500 local jobs that are supported at Bentley Bridge by this trade alone.
Bentley Bridge Shopping Park is an important venue, not only for Wednesfield but for the City of Wolverhampton and other local towns. It is the favoured shopping destination of thousands of people.
We are however as Labour Councillors still pressing the owners for investment into local toilets; the latest response suggests that there is some activity developing around our request. I hope to have more information soon. Its evident that this development in Wednesfield is growing into a very important part of our everyday lives.
There is still much to do to get even more visitors who come to Bentley Bridge to linger a little longer in Wednesfield, enjoy the food and leisure facilities, maybe have a walk down the canal. Then to encourage them to take the short journey into Wednesfield High Street, to continue with their shopping trip.”