Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tall Order to Stop Project; Your Say

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tall Order to Stop Project; Your Say

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SO the farce of the vertical pier is to reach its conclusion today (Ruling Due On Controversial Scheme, News, 19.11.10).

In spite of the 28 letters or emails of objection submitted, along with two petitions - one of 70 names and another of 400 - with only eight letters and emails supporting the scheme, who would be brave enough to bet against Redcar & Cleveland's planning committee giving the go-ahead? The final sentence of the report demonstrates a cynical disregard for the intelligence of the people of Redcar & Cleveland.

"The development meets the aims of both national and local policy (which are?) as it would contribute to the enhancement, vitality and viability of the town centre (how, exactly?) through contributing to diversity and the public realm."

The final eight words make up the best example of gobbledegook and gibberish I have read in a long time.

The council's head of cultural services says the report supports the development... "also from a cultural perspective." Where exactly are the cultural benefits to be had from an 80ft monstrosity with a cafe and "workspace units". I really can't see tourists flocking to Redcar to use them during their holidays.

Votes for 8; votes against 498. It should be a no-brainer.

KEITH GILES, Normanby * * * * * * ALL the winds we have had over the last few weeks would have blown down that vertical pier that Sheila Clark and George Dunning want to build on Redcar seafront.

Forget it and build a traditional pier where the old one was - and rebuild the sea wall straight away.

J JOHNSON, Redcar * * * * * * IT would appear from the countless letters on these pages that the people of Redcar want a proper pier, regardless of what Redcar & Cleveland Council's head of cultural services says.

At a time of tight budgets and the council admitting major cutback in services, how can they justify spending pounds 300,000 on this project? …

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