There’s a lot to be pos­i­tive about in the city

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

THERE have been many pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ments in the phys­i­cal look of the city in the last few years.

I am one of the few peo­ple it seems will­ing to de­fend the new look city cen­tre. Hav­ing vis­ited at night to eat and wit­nessed both light­ing and foun­tains it was no sur­prise to see the project given an award. The im­prove­ment in the area around St.john’s Church is out­stand­ing.

The em­bar­rass­ment of suc­ces­sive illthought-out war me­mo­rial projects has fi­nally been cor­rected by the con­struc­tion of a tra­di­tional me­mo­rial in a prom­i­nent lo­ca­tion.

We have a fan­tas­tic re­vamped mu­seum and city shop­ping will be given a boost by the ex­pan­sion of Queens­gate and ar­rival of Pri­mark.

De­vel­op­ment (or at least de­mo­li­tion) has be­gun on the South Bank and I hope our fledg­ling Univer­sity, as pro­posed in city-wide con­sul­ta­tions, is given the op­por­tu­nity to grow there and add to the cul­ture of the city.

It would be wrong, how­ever, not to have a few con­cerns. With ex­pan­sion the ben­e­fits of the ex­cel­lent park­way sys­tem are slowly be­ing lost and more thought should be given as to how the road net­works of new hous­ing es­tates con­nect with the city cen­tre. We all know that times are tight, but the gates of the city are start­ing to look shabby, with trees grow­ing in gut­ters across town.

There are also plan­ning inconsistencies. The rush to build houses on land at the Peter­bor­ough United Foot­ball Ground is sur­pris­ing and in my opin­ion counter to the am­bi­tions of the foot­ball club and its dy­namic chair­man.

From a lo­cal per­spec­tive, I also ques­tion the logic and in­deed, ap­par­ent snob­bery of the plan­ners that de­cided a block of flats in the back gar­dens of Arun­del Road in Wal­ton was ap­pro­pri­ate for the area.

There re­mains a threat to the fu­ture of the ex­cel­lent Brew­ery Tap and the city coun­cil needs to end its pre­oc­cu­pa­tion with build­ing su­per­mar­kets and re­tail units in ar­eas where the roads can­not sup­port them.

Peter­bor­ough re­tains the ca­pa­bil­ity to be a great city.

With the loss of its daily news­pa­per and lo­cal ra­dio ser­vices (I in­clude the changes to Paul Stain­ton’s BBC break­fast show) and the move to an on­line iden­tity, it is im­por­tant that pres­sure con­tin­ues to be brought on the city’s decision mak­ers to get things right.

STEVE TURNER North of the River

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