Letter: The positives and negatives of Peterborough city centre
Published: 10:30 AM April 29, 2021
Updated: 8:41 PM June 20, 2022
- Way too many betting shops, charity shops, cheap discount shops.
- Parking too expensive for what's on offer.
- Embankment facilities are woeful.
- Market and surrounding area a shameful indictment of the council's abject failure in mismanagement.
- A dull concrete Cathedral square with no atmosphere.
- Shoppers can easily go to Hampton, Brotherhood, Bretton and Orton centres - now John Lewis has gone nothing to come into city for.
Positive (what should happen next)
- Market moved to Long Causeway or Bridge Street permanently.
- Street entertainment in Cathedral Square to bring atmosphere.
- Massive support for independent shops on the streets outside of Queensgate.
- City centre gym encouraging people to spend leisure time before and after work.
- Riverside amenities, parks, play areas, cafes (Cambridge are way ahead).
- Fletton Quays is a great move forward, but quality family bases: housing in the city centre streets, and green spaces.
- Make car parking more affordable.
- Cycle paths are maintained, but the reality is cyclists don't shop.
There has to be a reason for people to visit the city centre.