Change does not guarantee improvement
Sir, – Craig Millar’s article on the V&A (“Museum truly open to all”, Courier, September 8) makes the valid point that there remains financial hardship in Dundee despite the redevelopment of the waterfront.
Councillor Malone earlier said that some people living in his ward could not afford the bus fare to the V&A.
We have had a lot of optimistic hot air from councillors and officials who take the credit when other peoples’ money is spent.
I doubt the waterfront redevelopment will alleviate poverty in Dundee.
The university has been expanding for decades and there is still much deprivation in Dundee.
Is the wider world hearing about the V&A?
I have asked many visitors to St Andrews if they have heard of the V&A in Dundee – and receive many puzzled looks and mentions of the V&A in London but nothing about Dundee.
I hope the publicity generated at the opening will spread the news.
Few buses stop at the impressive station entrance and, even after a £1 billion waterfront redevelopment, it is still surrounded by dual carriageways.
There is no bicycle storage at the station – only racks outside.
Who would leave their bike there when a piano inside was vandalised?
Environmental issues have not been prioritised in the redevelopment.
Despite my reservations, I hope the V&A and the wider redevelopment are a success and help Dundee prosper. David Dick. 3 Priory Gardens, St Andrews.
Bringing the V&A to Dundee may not improve the city’s prospects, says one correspondent.