Inside Politics: All change for bus station has to be welcomed
NO-ONE should underestimate what revamping Gloucester bus station will mean.
A proposed £5million refurbishment will see the end of one of our city's blights – which is what people see when they first arrive in our city.
I recently took a National Express coach to London.
On my way back, I showed my ticket to the driver at Victoria coach station and he said "Oh dear".
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I thought there was something wrong with my ticket but, alas no. He said: "You're going to Gloucester. Are you sure you want to do that? I'd get off at Cheltenham if I were you."
Now I was quick to defend our city but when I stepped off the coach at 1am it did make me think that he had a point. What a dump our bus station looks.
Let's start again with the bus station. It needs a modern look with decent facilities – nice, clean toilets, a place to wait comfortably, booking facilities and real-time information about your journey.
HOW long should a council meeting last?
Last week I was poked by councillors who fretted over my story headlined "13 minutes to decide fate of 5,500 council homes".
It was referring to a Gloucester City Council cabinet meeting which lasted all of 13 minutes.
It certainly got councillors talking.
Deputy leader Jennie Dallimore jokingly promised to make the next day's meeting extra long for my benefit.
On a serious note, council leader Paul James argued much of what needs to be discussed is done before it even gets to Cabinet.
Whether a 13-minute meeting is right or wrong is up to you but it does smack of "we've got nothing to say".
And in a city where regeneration is top dog we can't afford to have nothing to talk about.