I'd dearly love to see Cllr. Lucia Serluca, hair blowing in the wind, on a push bike freewheeling down Bridge Street but sometimes you really have to bury those thoughts... but stay with me and consider this quote attributed to her: "Following significant investment, Bridge Street is one of the busiest in the city with pavement cafes, children’s rides and entertainment."
Is the cabinet member for city centre management, talking about the same Bridge Street? However you look at it, it's a mess, no matter how much borrowed public funding has been lavished on it. And why all harsh stark blue led lighting in the evening? - Apparently its harder to 'shoot up' under blue light. Blue being the colour of a vein - and of course 'the hard working' Conservative Party.
The seats/benches all face the wrong way, face outward instead of inwards, impossible to hold a group conversation, and right next to usually overflowing litter bins. Many seats are way too high for children to sit on, and adults under 5'10" in height.
You have to pick your seat carefully in between bird droppings and 'parked' chewing gum. Street cleaning is still a major problem. The so-called entertainment is usually a busker outside the jewellers and a Big Issue vendor near the remainder book shop. The Posh mobile shop at weekends and a couple of overpriced (possibly subsidised?) fairground rides. The kibbled onions continue to waft down the street from the hot dog stand err sorry 'Diner.'
The Barrista Café seems to have retreated inside the arcade, now somewhat downmarket as Mrs Cereste seemingly declined to open her bijou boutique. A late night Bar is to take its place. As for the pavement cafe's, its more a case of dirty flyblown, uncleared tables, and tatty handwritten signs. No continental waiter service.
As for the cyclists, let them eat cake or have a latte, the cycle ban is being extended despite a public consultation to the contrary.
“We have taken our time to very carefully consider all of the responses from residents and organisations on this important issue and have decided that public safety must ultimately outweigh what is a relatively small inconvenience to cyclists.”
The councillor claimed that improved signage would be put in place, and 'extra enforcement' would be on Bridge Street to make sure cyclists stick to the ban through the week. And yes we do believe in the tooth fairy... there is no alternative route unless cyclists ride behind the TKMaxx building, and that's clearly not going to happen..
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