Apply that success in regeneration to homes
An open letter to Sir Peter Soulsby:
Coterminous with your appointment, we have all seen the completion of some wonderful regeneration in Leicester – in particular, the building of the Curve theatre at the centre of the new Cultural Quarter and the transformation of Highcross, which has enabled Leicester to regain its top 10 position in the hierarchy of the nation's shopping centres.
I read with interest and excitement of your plans to reconnect Leicester and look forward to seeing the results.
I do not know but I guess the city's councilors were aware that your appointment would certainly bring forward action, if only as a catalyst for regeneration.
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Your ability to get everybody working towards one vision is clearly beginning to show benefit.
Certainly the Leicester of today is a much better place, one that everybody in the city and the county can feel proud to be a part of.
With the ability of the council to bring forward such benefits to the area, I can't help wondering why you are not so keen to bring brownfield sites within the city boundary into your regeneration plans?
It does seem that you are taking the easy option of disposing of your obligations to build up to 7,000 houses in the city by allowing the transfer of your allocation to neighbouring boroughs, taking the future occupiers of these dwellings further away from their most obvious place of work – our city.
One has only to take a train journey from Syston into the city to see a multitude of derelict sites of our former industrial past just waiting for the green light for development.
Come on, Mr Mayor, your team has shown creativity in developing the centre of our city over the past decade.
Why not release them to use the same creativity and vision in planning quality housing within the city boundary and leave the county's boroughs concrete-free and allow the green fields of the county to be used for the provision of the food we all need locally?
Coun Stephen Hampson, county councillor for Syston Ridgeway, deputy leader Charnwood Borough Council.