Temporary TVs may be answer to costly screen
Temporary big screens could be hired for major city centre events to replace Leicester's permanent giant television.
City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby is deciding the future of the 10m high structure in Humberstone Gate.
It was donated to the city by Olympic organisers in 2009, to show major sporting and civic events, but mainly for this summer's London Games.
However, it costs the city council £105,000 a year to use.
Sir Peter is working out whether to keep it in place, relocate it or dismantle it entirely.
Since the Games it has been playing BBC programming on a loop.
Sir Peter said: "I am not convinced continuing to spend tens of thousands of pounds on it represents particularly good value for money."
He said he thought it had been well used during Christ in the Centre, the annual re-enactment of the Easter story.
He said: "The only time it comes into its own is Christ in the Centre at Easter when it works well as part of the performance.
"Other than that I am not sure about it. I don't know that a lot of people watch it.
"It might be that for performances like that we can bring in a big screen on the back of a lorry to use when we need it – as we did successfully when we had the wonderful Olympic Torch celebration at Abbey Park. That could be better. I'm not sure how it fits in with the revamp we have just done of Humberstone Gate East.
"When you look up the street from that area all you see is the back of a big box which makes a undecipherable noise."
Administrative assistant Sophia Megji, 36, from Countesthorpe, said she thought the screen should be kept. She said: "It's informative, people watch it, and it was great for the Olympics which I watched during my lunch hours. It's a social thing to have."
Retired Philip Waterton, 63, from Wigston, said: "When walking through to M&S you have a look, but it has not served a purpose for me.
"I can see why people would use it, but the money could be put to a better use."
Student Nicola Hopewell, 19, from New Parks, Leicester, said it made no difference to her .
She said: "I don't watch it except for sporting events like the Grand National."
Unemployed Daniel Moore, 21, from Thurmaston, said: "I don't care. It's a waste of money."