SALISBURY’s equivalent of Madrid’s Plaza Mayor is nearly complete; all we need now are the sunshine and flamenco bars.
It remains a supreme irony that the last feature where work was done was the public conveniences – surely the first thing a visitor new to the city might ask after.
There remains only the question of the Fawcett statue.
Henry Fawcett was one of the city’s most distinguished Victorian sons.
An economist and protofeminist, he refused to let blindness stand in the way of his political career, and he may have been the very first of a small number of blind MPs.
As Postmaster, he brought in a number of useful innovations and reforms which are still with us today.
The statue dates from around 1887, and now looks it.
Is it to be restored in any way?
If not, it will be the one anomaly (even anachronism) in the new square.
Richard Merwood, Salisbury
THE new Ladies' Toilet in the Market Place has, at the bottom of the first set of steps, a sign telling people to be aware of the slippery surface (I presume the tiled floor).
There doesn't appear to be a sign of this nature at the bottom of the steps of the men's toilet.
Can we assume that "they"
(whoever "they" are), are insinuating that we ladies are less stable on our feet than gentlemen?
Or are they inferring the ladies’ floor is more slippery than the men’s?
Surely a non-slip surface should have been used at the time of rebuilding anyway.
Pity the poor people who charge down the steps, cross legged in desperation, and end up slipping and sliding.
Marlene Teitge Salisbury n THE refurbishment of the public toilets in the Market Place is disappointing.
The brick work is dreary and the outside is not impressive at all. Why could they not have used mosaic tiles of some kind?
At least it would be a little better than what is there now.
A Conner, Salisbury
THE toilets in the Market Place are a disgrace.
They look so dull and gloomy.
Could they not have put something better than the brick work they have now?
To me, they look like army bunkers. Come on, Salisbury, could you not have done better than that?
J Green, Salisbury
NOW that our market square has been finished, I’m glad to see plenty of seats around, along with litter bins.
But I have noticed in the last two to three weeks, blobs of chewing gum have started to appear on the stones. Fine, if people want to chew gum, but just spare a thought for the mess it makes.
It’s so easy to just put it in a bin, and remember it does count as litter. Is it really too much trouble to go to a bin?
B Hunt, Salisbury