Stop moaning about market

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I HAVE been reading in Postbag, the negative views on the Market Place.

I disagree with most of these thoughts, especially the mention of trees down the side of the square by the buildings.

This is a ridiculous comment. It is good that we have kept the trees; they give character to the square, keeping the wildlife active and providing some green.

And the trees also provide shade in the hot summer months. They are beautiful, and they look grand.

The square would look dull and desolate without them, and I think that people who have moaned about these trees are being very narrow-minded. We should be grateful we have them.

Since the square has been refurbished, it’s true it has been an eyesore much of the winter but it has been well worth it.

It now looks fresh and clean and gives the market square a European look, which complements the many cafés and tables outside that share this open space.

There are now more market stores, which make it more interesting for shopping, and the space can be used for all kinds of events as there are now no awful parking lines and kerbs to fall over and it doesn’t look ugly any more.

I think the refurbishment has been successful and that those who are moaning about it should stop being so boring and look at it in a new light to see its potential.

I’m sure that visitors from all over the world will appreciate the new look that we now have. All we need now is a reduction in car parking prices in the city so we have more time to enjoy it.

Helen Wales, Salisbury

* I HAD always imagined that a market square was an area to be used and enjoyed by local people for the good of a city.

What has happened to the lovely old Salisbury Market Place which used to be bustling and full of people going to do their shopping? What and who is it supposed to be for now?

It has become an empty, ugly space with no character whatsoever, with those hideous toilets.

It’s a crime – very few people like it (including the shopkeepers). People who cannot walk too far with their shopping have great difficulty finding somewhere to park near the centre.

This includes young mothers with pushchairs etc. Salisbury is dying, with empty shops everywhere.

I appeal to Wiltshire Council: please, before it is too late, reinstate the area of parking that was there before – people in outlying villages do not want to go to Salisbury anymore.

Ann Carr, Wilsford-cum-Lake


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