YOUR correspondent who finds the council’s proposed masterplan for our city “problematic” (Letters, March 30), is very far from alone.

As the needs of the elderly and/or disabled seem totally ignored in the plan, a very considerable number of people can only find the same.

I am in my 80s and disabled by arthritis. To walk even 30 yards using a wheeled walker is painful and very slow, and somewhat risky as I live on a steep hill.


I am completely reliant on car travel to get to town and back, whether by my own car if I can park close to my destination, by lifts from friends or by taxi.

To be unable to travel by car would keep the elderly and disabled housebound, preventing us from shopping, meeting friends for lunch, using the library, keeping appointments, and making it impossible to get to church.

I do not think it is right that the council should be able to prevent people from attending a place of worship.


The council has a distressing record of falling for plans that “look good on paper” but do not work in practice, for example, the Widemarsh Street kerbs now, at last, being rectified.

I shudder to think what that mistake has cost both financially and, more importantly, in terms of the human misery of life-changing injury.

I am quite often in the St Owen Street area and have yet to see any cyclists actually using the new cycle track on which more than a million pounds has recently been spent.

It is difficult to have any confidence that the new and superficially attractive eco-friendly masterplan has yet been analysed in any depth.

I would urge the council to reconsider the plan’s physical and mental health implications for all its present citizens before proceeding any further.



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