Could do better
MR (or Mrs?) Lancaster has missed the point.
It is not a question of “is the square better than it used to be?” The question is: “is the square as good as it could be?” and the answer is no!
It does not live up to the hyperbole and promise. Opportunity Peterborough has missed an opportunity.
The pointless patches of grass outside St John’s are useless. If they had been raised flowerbeds with lots of benches and scented plants and flowers, it would have been better.
If there had been a restful pool outside St John’s to reflect the lovely architecture, it would have been better.
If the market had been put back to bring some life, activity and supervision, it would have been better.
If a lift had been installed to access the first floor of the butter cross (say for a tea room or information office), it would have been better.
If trees had been planted along Church Street, it would have been better.
If the paving had been good old York stone slabs instead of these dark and dingy tiles, it would have been better.
What we have is second rate. Mr (or Mrs?) Lancaster’s letter is like telling us we should be grateful for what we have been given because it could have been worse – what sort of ambition is that?
I am just surprised he (or she) has not said: “You’ve never had it so good” like Supermac!