What must visitors think?

I RECENTLY made one of my increasingly less frequent visits to Weston as I find the deterioration, particularly of the seafront, more and more

I RECENTLY made one of my increasingly less frequent visits to Weston as I find the deterioration, particularly of the seafront, more and more depressing.I have had occasion in the past few weeks to bring to the attention of the chief executive the state of the two shelters on the Marine Parade at the Uphill end of the Beach Lawns. They both had broken windows and were crying out for a coat of paint. I was told they should have been repaired but for the bad weather but work would commence within days. What must visitors to the area think?The appalling condition of the Tropicana and the Birnbeck Pier are well recorded but I note a Manchester-based company has organised a competition to seek ideas for the development of not only the pier but also the Prince Consort Gardens. I agree that the pier requires urgent attention if it is to survive but the Prince Consort Gardens are one of the most delightful places left in that area. I was taught by my parents that if it isn't broke then don't fix it.The indications from North Somerset are that the recently elected new administration recognise that not so long ago Weston was really the best in the West and they are intent on reversing the present deterioration. For this they must be congratulated.However might I suggest that they are going to have to move quickly to control once and for all the tsunami of bureaucrats in order to return the power of decision making to the elected members. I wish them well with this unenviable task.GARETH JONES - Oak Road, Winscombe


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