Let peo­ple of the city de­cide what they want

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I’M some­what puz­zled that again Pic­cadilly Gar­dens is be­ing sub­ject to a cam­paign on how use­less it is.

Read­ing your news re­ports about how dire it is and in need of a com­plete over­haul is not how I ex­pe­ri­enced it in 2018, where fam­i­lies were en­joy­ing pic­nics in the sun and en­joy­ing the wa­ter foun­tains.

Hav­ing vis­ited in 2019 dur­ing the Christ­mas mar­kets in De­cem­ber, the place was in­deed thriv­ing.

Liv­ing and work­ing in Glas­gow, we have Ge­orge Square, not un­like Pic­cadilly Gar­dens, where clean-up cam­paigns are in­evitable, but not al­ways suc­cess­ful. With trees the drug traf­fick­ers and de­viants have some­where to hide, with­out trees the place looks ex­posed and un­invit­ing. Flower beds and shrubs need care and at­ten­tion, love even. But it seems like it takes too much time, ef­fort and re­sources to make the place look pretty.

Home­less­ness in Glas­gow is rife, shock­ingly so. We too have a spice prob­lem that lurks in the dark hours. We have knife crime, but this has been re­duced due to our Vi­o­lence Re­duc­tion Unit in the city.

Ad­mit­tedly, home­less­ness and poverty grind any city down, but coun­cils that make money on fines for ci­garette butts or en­ter­ing bus lanes by er­ror are a scourge on so­ci­ety. Get­ting rid of dead wood and in­flated egos in coun­cils would be a start in any city. Let the peo­ple of Manch­ester de­cide what they want. Caro­line Steven­son, Glas­gow

A bridge over the Metrolink in Dids­bury, taken by Nor­man Wall, of Stock­port. If you have a stun­ning pic­ture, then we’d love to see it. Send your pho­tos to us at view­[email protected] co.uk, mark­ing them Pic­ture of the Day

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