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'Two councils have never worked so closely together as we are now'
4:31pm Wednesday 20th February 2013 in Postbag
IT was with dismay and more than a little surprise that we both read the letter from councillors Ricky Rogers and Ian Tomes last week which claimed that Wiltshire Council and Salisbury City Council are not keeping each other informed regarding plans for the Market Place.
We rarely write responses individually, let alone a joint one, but we considered the letter was both misleading and misinformed and could not go unanswered. We want to let people know that nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, we have never worked so closely together - last year's Diamond Jubilee event and the Festival of Celebration at Hudson’s Field held to mark the Olympic flame saw both authorities working together with local people and the business community like never before and this has continued and will develop further, with a joint commitment to supporting business and community events this year.
We are both committed to working in partnership to improve Salisbury, and the Market Place is key to this regeneration. The good news that the redevelopment of the Maltings and Central car park is now underway and the fact that the city has the fewest number of empty shops of all the retail centres in the UK seems to be eclipsed by some who are focused on downplaying Salisbury’s bright future.
We feel it's time to start talking positively about Salisbury, and we are determined to build on its unique identity, boost its economy and celebrate what it has to offer, making it an even better place for residents, business owners and visitors.
JANE SCOTT, Wiltshire Council leader and JO BROOM, Salisbury City Council leader