Chance to right past mistakes; Letters.
THE walk from Coventry railway station into the city centre is going to be one of the best in the country when Station Tower is demolished and the fences come down and the new paths to the city centre are completed.
The walk through Greyfriars Green is beautiful, and it is excellent that the green area has been extended.
The planners for this area do now need to take an opportunity to link the waste ground area close to Central Six with the city centre.
The land fenced off behind Burger King needs to be developed very carefully to extend the retail premises behind Burger King and the American Golf so that Central Six almost links to the city centre.
It is well known that the building of a retail park so near to the city has not helped, as many people just shop at Central Six with its free parking, and may not then go into the centre of town.
In Coventry many retailers that should be in the city centre are not because they are at Central Six.
Out of town retail parks are not particularly good for our High Streets, but Coventry's situation is worse because Central Six is so near to the city.
We now have a golden opportunity for our city planners to partly correct the error of building a retail park so near to the city centre.
The ring road still offers restrictions but, if the buildings were extended along the line of Warwick Road behind Burger King as far as the ring road, we would find more and more people would change their shopping habits and shop at Central Six and the city centre.
There is plenty of space at Friargate for offices, so let's hope our planners and developers make use of this particular area for retail only.
Ian Fortescue Coventry
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|Publication:||Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)|
|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
|Date:||Aug 14, 2015|
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