Change does not guar­an­tee im­prove­ment

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

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.

Pic­ture: Kris Miller.

Bring­ing the V&A to Dundee may not im­prove the city’s prospects, says one cor­re­spon­dent.

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