Letter of the week: More parking and toilets are what visitors to Sunderland need - not a £5m centre for imagination

Outsiders will be green with envy at our countryside and lovely parks (Sunderland Echo headline, December 5, page 4).

Wednesday, 20th December 2017, 1:08 pm
Updated Wednesday, 20th December 2017, 1:15 pm
Our writer suggests Sunderland city centre needs more public toilets to attract visitors.

What a pity they will be red with embarrassment when they ‘land’ at the central railway station in rather an urgent need to answer a call of nature, to be told that the nearest public loo is in?/under?/on?/between? The Bridges – half a mile away.

They are not really half a mile away, it only seems like it when you have a pressing need.

Page 5, Sunderland Echo. Build something for visitors.

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Well, what’s the first thing a visitor usually needs?

A parking space, preferably a free one.

So instead of spending money on more car parks, just scrap all the parking meters.

Why not have a public look in all car parks?

Isn’t that what most visitors want after a long journey?

If young people are so good at imagining, why can’t they just imagine that the centre already exists?

Thus saving £5million. It cannot be that difficult.

All it took was two chocolates from a Christmas advent calendar and a couple bottles of pop shandy.

R Tomlinson.