|Dursley News - February 2005|
February 2005 saw the start, and in one case the end, of two significant demolitions in the changing face of Dursley. Firstly, a decision was made to demolish the old Victoria Works building in Long Street in light of its condition following the disastrous fire of December 2004. It's a real tragedy that this building could not be spared as it was the only tangible reminder of Lister's earliest days as well as being attractive in its own right. One must question whether it was a case of just being easier to pull it down rather than make an effort to retain it, or at least the frontage.
The other demolition that took place was that of the old library
in May Lane. Over the space of just a few days it was completely razed
to the ground and all evidence removed. The site is now being developed
and the foundations completed for a somewhat controversial, glass and
steel structure to house the new library.