Pessimism is for lightweights
✒ 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