Leicester City Council may pull the plug on giant TV screen in Humberstone Gate
Leicester city centre's giant television could be dismantled or relocated now the Olympics and Paralympics have ended.
The £500,000 screen was installed in Humberstone Gate in 2009 to show major national sporting events, news and music events, but its main purpose was always to show live footage from this summer's London Games.
Now 2012's summer of sport has ended, city mayor Sir Peter Soulsby has to decide what to do with the screen, that costs Leicester City Council £105,000 a year to run and maintain.
It was donated by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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Sir Peter said: "I think everyone would agree the screen has been great with the way it has shown coverage of the Olympics.
"It has been, but it does come with a significant cost attached to it.
"There is the question of what it will show now and I am not certain there are that many events that could be screened.
"It has been used to show opera and music events, but the sound is probably not good enough for that.
"Basically, there are three options. It could be left where it is, it could be removed entirely or it could be relocated. It has been suggested it could be put in a park.''
Sir Peter said it has also been suggested it could form a part of his proposed £4 million Jubilee Square project, which will see St Nicholas Place turned into a public plaza.
However, he said: "I'm not so sure about that. What happens to the screen is something I will take a look at."
Shoppers in the city centre are divided about the worth of the 10- metre high screen.
Bill Vickers, 78, from Evington, said: "I thought it was a bit unusual when it was first put there, but now it is a proper part of the city centre and I could not imagine what it would be like without it.''
Anisha Bhawar, 35, from Belgrave, said: "It's a good focal point for events in the city centre, though I am not a massive sports fan and that's all it has been showing. It's a feature that makes the city centre a bit different to other places."
Builder Terry Strong, 46, from Enderby, said: "I can't see the point in it any more. When it is on throughout the day without a specific event, I don't think many people pay much attention to it.
"I imagine there is a fair old whack to pay in electricity bills and it's less than environmentally- friendly to keep it running."
Kevin Haskell, 18, unemployed from Highfields, said: "There's a lot of news shown on it on repeat and it gets a bit boring. When they decided not to show the England (football) games in the Euros this summer it became a bit pointless."
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