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City is in a filthy state
3:03pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Letters
I FEEL I must put pen to paper to voice my feelings about the awful, filthy state of our streets here in Salisbury, and the main example is the new market square paving and the new taxi and disabled bays opposite Marks & Spencer.
They look as if they have been down for years instead of weeks.
And the George Mall is filthy too.
My husband and I walked around town yesterday and saw not only filthy paving stones but also cracked ones and ones that are not even level waiting for someone to trip over them in the market square. All this money being spent and no one can be bothered to keep the place clean.
In Portugal you will see little water sweepers driving around washing and cleaning the pedestrian areas and looking spotless.
There was even dog dirt on the path near the disabled bays which we skirted round in front of Marks & Spencer.
So what’s wrong with our council? It would rather waste our money on fancy pavers at our great cost and then not even look after them.
My husband and I moved here 27 years ago and I was proud to say we lived in Salisbury and that it was a nice place to live. I enjoyed showing our family and friends around it.
Now I feel ashamed to show them what a dirty city it has turned into. Whatever happened?
Doesn’t anyone take pride in our city?
It’s all very well having lovely flowers around the city but they do not hide the filth. Someone needs to get a grip.
JP NASH, Salisbury
I HADN’T visited Salisbury for 20 years until last Sunday, having only just returned to live in this lovely part of the world. My aim was to visit the well-publicised Whistler exhibition at the museum and then have a wander around the shops.
The £1.70 all day Sunday parking fee is excellent value for money, although I did note how steep the weekday parking fees were.
The Whistler exhibition was superb and I was pleasantly surprised by the fascinating sculptures in and around the cathedral.
But the market square is a building site. Will the renovations really be an improvement? I doubt it.
Too many shops are empty or boarded up. Where is the vibrant city I used to know?
The worst thing, though, was the potholed roads. What do people pay their council taxes for?
Salisbury remains a beautiful city which clearly still attracts visitors, but what about the average shopper? Would I choose to shop there if I didn’t have to? No.
It’s a crying shame – things could, and should, be so much better.
I won’t leave it another 20 years before I visit the city once again.
However, I won’t rush back.
How many others feel, and act, as I do, I wonder?
HELEN JONES, Wimborne
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