Time to rethink the city centre's layout
After seeing all the closures of shops in the town centre, and now that lots of people use the internet for shopping, wouldn't it be a good time to reassess the whole city centre?
The entire Haymarket development could be demolished and a Jubilee Square made where the big screen is now situated. (The Peace Gardens in Sheffield are a lovely oasis from the bustle of the town centre).
Also, a complete bus station could be built alongside it in a triangle with Belgrave Gate and Charles Street. The shops in the Haymarket could easily be re-sited in the empty shops along the High Street, Gallowtree Gate, Granby Street and Belvoir Street, with financial assistance from the council.
Also, the new Silver Arcade needs to be fully occupied with established shops for it to be a success.
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The council offices in New Walk need to be demolished, so why not move staff into the older, unused buildings around the Town Hall? The old post office and HSBC bank are lovely old buildings that need to be brought back into use.
Also in Charles Street are the old municipal offices, which could also be used.
When the old council offices have been demolished, this area could be rebuilt as flats or houses and also any old buildings that have no architectural or historical interest, could be demolished and replaced by housing.
Bringing unused properties back into use would allow for the delay of building on the outskirts of town on fields and greenbelt land.
Come on, Sir Peter, take the bull by the horns and redesign the whole centre in line with current shopping trends. You never know, we could have "The Soulsby City Centre", which would be a lasting memorial to your time as mayor.
Linda Greenwood, Leicester Forest East.