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Sunday, 5 July 2009

A bit about Chester

Chester is a beautiful city. Its past is its future, as more than one citizen has rightly observed on more than one occasion - but saying it is one thing. Getting a posse of disagreeing - not to say on some occasions positively disagreeable - politicians to actually do something about it is quite another.

Currently the recession is leading to the boarding up of commercial premises all over the place. The new unitary authority has quite cleverly started painting up these empty baleful eyes with pretty pictures of flowers. Meanwhile, vacant building sites are encircled with black wooden walls which proclaim the virtues of the Chester Renaissance.

I'm all in favour of renaissance - but let it be real.

Let us hope the authority can be as imaginative in practice as it clearly is in discourse.

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