This afternoon I went to a special event at the Athenaeum where partners (representatives of commerce, charities, residents, etc) were updated on progress. There were presentations from Palmers and M&S on their commitment to the town via their future and recent expansion, Taylor Woodrow on the building progress and some interesting facts on parking:
More good news was a leaflet left on tables that, together with the fact that *r* wasn't mentioned once, should gladden the hearts of many:
It's being repeated at 6pm and like a Council groupie I'm going! What do you have to say about that David and all Ruby's anti-a*c fans?
Update at 9pm
The evening performance had a less representative audience. Simon Harding and Sir Reggie Harland (who got their questions in early and then asked more) are seasoned critics who seem to prefer to talk down rather than talk up the development - whether its car parking or letting predictions of doom and gloom. Added to them was a large contingent from Nelson Road (in my ward), who have their own particular and genuine concerns. The dreaded a*c word came up and there was more talk of lavatories. The Centros Miller representative gave a robust defence of his 100% letting prediction and challenged Simon to bring his bell along on the opening day to celebrate!
Sever Boor, who gave the car park presentation, has kindly forwarded details of his slide so you can see what he was talking about:
•Parking events 2006-7 2,289,633 (9.7% increase)
•Multi-storey 2006-7 170,437 (153% increase)
•Seasonal Park and Ride 400+ spaces
•Change from long stay to short stay in St Andrews Street North Car Park
•70 additional spaces on former coach park
•Variable Message Signs