Why do we forget airport closure?
I HAVE no wish to be rude to Martin Freeman when he says 'City's fortunes are tied to the club success'. Has the man completely fallen off his trolley? Martin, we are talking about Plymouth Argyle here, not Liverpool FC or Manchester United.
Even Tim Jones, Chairman of Devon and Cornwall Business Council, came in with a corker when he said, Football League status was a "must have for Plymouth Argyle and for the city in the business context, and the Club is worth millions of pounds a year to the local economy".
And yet, the most important entity to this city which would do all what the above has stated i.e. Plymouth Airport, never gets a mention either from Martin Freeman or indeed Tim Jones – am I missing something here?
Now we come to the City of Culture – Plymouth, oh do me a favour please. This is not Liverpool, Manchester or Newcastle we are talking about, Plymouth, and pray tell me what culture are we actually talking about? I noticed that when The Herald asked the public about this matter, they only asked students and not anyone of any age who has lived here for any stretch of time.
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The Herald's editor Ian Wood stated that Plymouth has a rich and proud history – well it has, particularly military, but our city has allowed HMS Plymouth the ship who not only bears the city's name, and where the surrender of Argentinean Forces was signed aboard are allowing to rust away at Birkenhead and have not lifted a finger to help. We have all the wonderful buildings such as the Ropery, the gallows etc in South Yard which has been given over to a boat building company, can you believe any other city doing that. Portsmouth and Chatham didn't as they respect their heritage. The wonderful Dockyard Museum which could have been a real asset to this city has more or less been broken up with most of the artifacts going to others like Yeovilton, and yes Portsmouth would you believe.
We keep banging on about our waterfront, do these people actually walk around and have a look at the disgusting state of it, weeds everywhere, buildings fallen into disrepair, some vista. The lovely old Theatre in Union Street has trees growing out of the brickwork. When a city cannot look after beautiful and historic buildings like that, they have no right to ever be entered as City of Culture.