Recently we came across a letter from the borough council dated November 2006. It said that the council had recently begun preparing a Town Centre Area Action Plan. Filed with the letter was this photo – taken in 2012 – which, unless we’re mistaken, shows an exhibition in the Mall, telling residents about the progress of the Plan.
Now, it’s over a decade since the Plan started to take shape, and just over five years since that photo was taken. But it’s a challenge to think of much that has happened in the town as a result. Or are we wrong?
(If a plan progresses too slowly, it becomes out-of-date before the ink is dry. For example, the Plan states the following targets: “Within the short term (Years 2012-2016) the enlargement and adaptation of existing units in Main Square (The Mall) will continue, a scheme for environmental improvements to the High Street will be agreed, a scheme for London Road Block Opportunity Area will be agreed.” In 2017, two of those targets have yet to be achieved, and the third has made only modest progress.)