Let's have some co-operation
PUBLISHED: 13:56 04 October 2007 | UPDATED: 15:16 12 May 2010
HOW does the mind of Royston Town Council work? Retail outlets are disappearing in Royston as we all know and certain areas of the town centre are beginning to look like the deprived areas of an inner city. So what happens? A committee of dedicated p
HOW does the mind of Royston Town Council work?
Retail outlets are disappearing in Royston as we all know and certain areas of the town centre are beginning to look like the deprived areas of an inner city.
So what happens? A committee of dedicated people spend hours of their time working on a Royston Arts Festival, encouraging local people and businesses to become involved. Their intention, I presume, was to not only raise the profile of the artists involved, but also encourage residents into the town.
It had town council agreement and backing.
Retailers in the Market Hill area were only too happy to become involved and agreed, as the Royston Photographic Society was holding an exhibition and photographic session in The Corn Exchange, to open their businesses on Sunday.
The Crow publicise the festival and produces a helpful map of where the various events are happening and highlights the parking areas.
It is a pity that the town council does not liaise with its other sections and discover that the highways department has major road works taking place on the Sunday, closing off areas of Fish Hill and taking up the parking with their huge equipment.
The noise, smell and inaccessibility to the area quite successfully ruined our open day, the WI stall, Hoggs Coffee Shop, the photographic exhibition in the Corn Exchange, and activities in the Market Hill Rooms.
I should not think Mica Hardware were too pleased either - although, unlike the rest of us, they do usually open on a Sunday.
We have to wonder whether the town council actually wants Royston and its retailers to survive.
Please let's try and have a little co-operation and liaison before local groups give up on trying to raise Royston's profile.
Keith Gordon the Jewellers
The Corn Exchange