My elector Anthony Platt has the first letter in today's Bury Free Press. Anthony is a regular BFP correspondent, and as leader of "the 32" has been a long-term critic of the Cattle Market development (and the closure of the Manor House Museum). Not surprising then that he should have something to say about the statement attributed to a Centros Miller unnamed "spokesman".
However, he goes on to make the same mistake as so many others have done, in thinking that the recent Council resolution about naming the development could have successfully "required" Centros Miller to turn back the clock, start the process of consultation again, and presumably change their marketing name. He also repeats the suggestion that Conservative councillors "voted down" the motion, when in fact we voted for something else.
I wonder if this process of renaming would have produced something as imaginative as Paul Saunders' Parkway Centre?
It is interesting to see another claim on the Market Cross (Woolwich) from Ronald Hynd, this time for the creation of a clock museum, while more public lavatories could be housed in an empty shop. He says: "Let's spend a little on culture and lavatories" - but we already spend more than most district councils on culture (over £750,000 p.a. on the Arts and Heritage alone) and as much as many on public loos (£314,500 p.a.) The former Manor House Museum cost about £250,000 each year, resulting in a subsidy of nearly £25 per visitor. Every £1 on Band D council tax produces £37,000.
As they say in the USA, you can do the math. So would you like your council tax to go up to provide these two facilities?