My working day starts the same time as David Burns kicks off his morning show on Radio Humberside. For those under a rock its a talky topical affair with a smattering of decent music that makes my mornings fly by.
About a month ago the topic of the day was the state of Hull and its economy. It doesn’t take much for me to start ranting about what could be done to improve our great city so I decided to ad my penny arcades worth via email. To my surprise and to Burnsys credit he read it. In its entirety.
Here’s my edited version
I’m sure the chap from Hull Bid and St Stephens is very well intentioned but how many local independent
stores does the st stephens shopping centre have?
The most charming part of our city has had the life sucked out of it due to the likes of st Stephens and this needs to be tackled! Whitefriargate is almost empty.
How about opening a few up for independent traders, craft shops and so on. encourage the developers to create smaller units from the larger stores.
Boarded up shops are our biggest enemy. We need to get them sorted out.
1000’s of people come to Hull on train to to watch the football and rugby. What is the first thing they see when they leave the station? One of the the most tragic looking buildings in the region, The old new York Hotel. This building alone does more damage to the city than any other single issue.
From the station to the KC what do people see? A dump. Its the golden mile of dereliction.
The future of the city centre lie’s in making it an attractive place to visit.
Places like York don’t have trouble attracting people. Full of local traders earning money and generating income.
And on it went.
Someone at the Hull daily mail listens to Burnsey in the morning
About a week after that email was read out on radio Humberside the Hull daily mail ran a story about Hull city council putting pressure on the (above mentioned) property owners and developers to sort out their derelict building or face prosecution.
A few days after that The Hull daily mail Ran a story about the New York hotel. Its owners have been warned told to redevelop or it will be demolished.
Then a week after that it ran a story about St Stephens opening its front up to a local trader. (Hats off to St Stephens)Then to top it all..
The Hull daily mail ran a story about (the above mentioned) whitefriargate quoting an “expert” on what needs doing to stop the rot.
You will never guess what!!
The “expert” reckons the above mentioned shops down whitefriargate should be made available to above mentioned small local traders and the above mentioned large shops could be converted into above mentioned smaller units thus regenerating the almost derelict witefriargate.
Praise be for the Hull daily mail and their experts.
I hope my lighthearted sarcasm (see above) wasn’t too apparent.