Pes­simism is for lightweights

Gloucestershire Echo - - LETTERS & OPINION -

✒ I WRITE with ref­er­ence to the Boots Cor­ner con­tro­versy - why is there such neg­a­tiv­ity?

Be re­al­is­tic - the so-called traf­fic ‘chaos’ is only at cer­tain times of the day and can be al­le­vi­ated by for­ward route plan­ning.

Car parks abound all around the town cen­tre, so peo­ple can ar­rive from dif­fer­ent direc­tions.

It is a plea­sure to stroll about in the rel­a­tive traf­fic-free zone and at least some­thing is be­ing done to im­prove our town centr.

Pedes­trian zones work in Glouces­ter, Ox­ford and Cirences­ter etc. so cease all this neg­a­tiv­ity and give it all a chance.

The seat­ing around the area are full at lunchtimes with happy folk sat eat­ing and chat­ting.

Town cen­tres are for peo­ple to shop and stroll, not as through-routes for ve­hi­cles. If the Park and Ride spa­ces were not oc­cu­pied by those work­ing nearby, maybe more peo­ple would use pub­lic trans­port.

I also hear crit­i­cism of the new John Lewis frontage.

If peo­ple care to read the in­for­ma­tion on the fences, they will see that it will be­come an at­trac­tive fea­ture.

Stone fea­tures are en route from China, and we are lucky that a high­class shop is here.

Maybe the crit­ics would pre­fer to see derelict, boarded-up premises that are so preva­lent in other towns?

I am a proud Chel­to­nian and con­sider my­self lucky to live here.

In the words of Bris­tol po­et­ess Salena God­den: Pes­simism is for lightweights.

Be pos­i­tive and give it all a chance. Dou­glas F Vick Chel­tenham

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