If it ain't broke, then don't fix it
Sir Peter Soulsby's enthusiasm for making his mark on the city is now getting a little annoying and repetitive.
His attitude to change Leicester for the sake of it and not necessarily for the better is not making him any friends.
His roughshod railroading and done deal over the residents in the Mowmacre Hill and Beaumont Leys areas, in building universally unwanted gypsy and travellers sites with more to follow – allegedly across the city, but which will probably be built in the same area – his vision of the Jubilee Square project and his latest big spend, The Richard III visitor centre, have all attracted criticism.
Now it's Castle Hill Park and Richard III's statue, which is fine where it is.
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What is wrong with this mayor? He wants to change everything in Leicester when, in reality, Leicester really wants to change him.
There's an old saying, Sir Peter: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it", so stop messing about with idiotic and expensive projects when we have a recession on and times are hard.
Start concentrating on the job you are being paid to do and sort out our public services, for which we pay council tax and which are getting worse year by year.
There are so many potholes on our roads and other more important jobs that need doing first before you make plans for idealistic and large, useless projects.
Get a grip man, before the voters of Leicester get a grip on you!
Bernard Fox, Leicester.
So our mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, says he would be interested in our thoughts as to where the statue of King Richard should be situated.
Why does he want our input? Let us look at other requests that he has put out for consultation and input, with their results.
1) A park at the top of High Street. No-one I know supports this idea. So he is going ahead with his plans.
2) A traveller encampment for the Beaumont Leys, Birstall, Mowmacre residents.
This was not wanted by the residents and their wishes were expressed at various meetings. The mayor listened to their comments, so gave them two or possibly three encampment locations.
3) The residents of Glen Parva were consulted on proposed bus lanes, they too made their feelings known. He listened (well, attended the meeting) and went ahead with his plans.
4) He wants our thoughts on the plans for a new / revamped Haymarket bus station. Why?
Just go ahead with you own ideas, Sir Peter. In these hard monetary times, we cannot afford to offer our opinion for them to be ignored.
5) Now he would like our thoughts of where to place the King Richard statue.
You decide, Mr Mayor. We, the Leicester / Leicestershire people, do not seem to matter.
I ask: I know that we have a mayor, but do we have a mayor or a dictator?
Anyway, there are two obvious places for this statue and they are, in order of my preference:
1) Somewhere the sun does not shine, but this is proving difficult as the mayor will not stand still long enough.
2) On the embankment of the M1. The North has the Angel of the North, why should we not have Leicester, the final resting place of King Richard III?
Ian G Lambert, Anstey Heights.
I see that Peter Soulsby wishes to move the Richard III statue to a place more prominent ("Where should we put statue?", Mercury, March 4).
May I suggest siting it next to Keith Vaz? You can't get more prominent than that!
Stephen Swift, Coalville.