Filled with dread about City Deal
The Government's City Deals programme plans to give local authorities more power. The prospect fills me with dread.
Giving more powers to Sir Peter Soulsby and his cronies is like giving children sweets crammed with E numbers. They will simply go to their heads.
Aiding them in causing maximum environmental damage with the least public resistance is the unelected and unaccountable Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership. That's all right, then.
What irritates me about giving more powers to these bodies is that they already pay no more than lip service to public opinion, be it Sir Peter's vanity project for a Jubilee Square, joint proposals to impose bus lanes on the A426 or the county's empty park-and-ride car parks.
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Despite overwhelming public concern about such plans, they are nodded through and the repercussions are felt by residents.
What the county council and Sir Peter need to remember is that with extra powers come extra responsibilities to demonstrate that they are really listening to the public.
R Tench, Enderby.
I refer to the article about the decision of Centrebus to axe its 302 service ("Anger as 'lifeline' bus service is axed", Leicester Mercury, February 21).
The service was described as a "lifeline" for residents of Beaumont Leys, Braunstone and New Parks. More than 400 people signed a petition to save it.
Centrebus, saying the service is no longer commercially viable, unsuccessfully approached several third parties for funding.
But no mention was made of asking the bus users to fund their service.
I'm sure the 400 petitioners (who I assume are also regular users) would be more than happy to pay a slightly higher fare in order to keep their vital service.
Tom Close, Theddingworth.