What have the city councillors done to my beloved birthplace?
AS SOMEONE over the age of 60 who was born in and worked all my life in the city I am fiercely proud of, I have lived under many councils.
To open your newspaper and see leaders and councillors from both major parties smirking at me during a photo opportunity is beyond belief.
Both the major parties should hang their heads in shame because of what they have done to this city.
Let's consider: they helped close the airport, they built us an ice rink of the wrong shape, they built a concert venue too small, they filled in a safe crossing on Royal Parade, they never maintained the fabric of the Civic Centre (for proof, wait outside the entrance to the public gallery or sit in the gallery. When I was there the ceiling plaster had fallen on the seats).
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The fountains and water features are full of rubbish and the San Sebastian fountain is very appealing with its stagnant green water. The Hoe and the Barbican have toilets not fit for animals, the area around the old Lions Den has not seen any paint on railings or grass bank tidying in an age. The Dome was built, closed, and left empty for years, Tinside Lido cost a fortune to bring back into use without suitable protection against the elements; the only saving grace in that area is the Terrace Cafe, a beacon shining from the Hoe; the foreshore never gets cleaned.
The city centre shopping area is dying on its knees and the city centre manager must walk a different centre to me. If this is up, I hope I am not around for the down. It's full of coffee shops, phone shops, sports shops, charity shops and empty shops. With what is happening in Exeter more people will be going up the A38 .
So Plymouth city councillors of both parties, put aside your politics and work together. Before it's too late, help the city get back some of its prestige of the 60s and 70s, when councillors seemed to be more concerned about the city than their ego.
Walk around the city; see for yourselves. This is not the impression of a vibrant waterfront city of culture.