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