Wishing delegation and mayor success
A week ago, Mailbox printed a letter from me castigating Leicester City Council and Sir Peter Soulsby for the handling of the proposed Glen Parva bus lanes scheme, against which there is a groundswell of opposition.
In some fairness to Sir Peter, may I, on behalf of all those forward thinkers who care for the future prosperity of Leicester, congratulate him for preparing to lead the delegation to the MIPIM conference in March, in Cannes,France.
It is most pleasing to see that the council gives full backing to Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership and the presence of the city's mayor can only add some gravitas to the business leaders' group.
We should all applaud the efforts being made to put the city of Leicester back where it belongs, as a city of enterprise, with a willing and hard-working populace ready, eager and able to grasp the opportunities which can follow from such concerted efforts by our business leaders.
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In my youth, this city was one of the busiest in the western world, based on population, with a wealth of industry, in hosiery, textiles, shoe-making, light engineering, machine building, printing, etc, and everyone who wanted to work, whether skilled or unskilled, could always find work.
We know those industries will never return to employ as many thousands of people as they did before, but we also know that today's younger generation are well ahead in technology and the new job openings may well need the updated skills of today's generation.
We should wish the delegation every success in its endeavours to put us back on the map as leaders in industry and innovation.
Mark Wolfe, Countesthorpe.