Where is the vision for once-great city?
IMAGINE a city somewhere near the border of Devon and Cornwall, somewhere with the gift of a massive natural harbour.
Imagine that city as a fully-fledged terminal for cruise liners, Cunard, P&O, Royal Caribbean, etc. Why should Southampton get all that revenue? Better still...
Imagine that city as a thriving container port, similar to Felixstowe say, with routes to southern Europe, the Americas and beyond. Because of the geographical location of this city, container ships would not have the inconvenience of having to transit the English Channel.
Imagine the industry that city would attract, not to mention the enormous employment prospects.
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Imagine the industries that the city has attracted. Wouldn't all those business people demand at least a medium-sized airport, with a view to generating their business interests abroad? The airport, of course, would not be just for the high-flying business people, but also for the people of this city who are now much better off, being employed in these new found industries. They all want to fly off on holidays, as people do in other parts of Britain. So now the city has a thriving airport.
Imagine all those sales teams with a view to generating business throughout the country and the demand for a high-speed rail link.
Imagine that there could be life beyond the city of Exeter.
Imagine that city could be our once-great city of Plymouth. So just before Plymouth sinks into obscurity and becomes some backwater consisting of student accommodation and rusting nuclear submarine hulks, might I remind the council of a time when Great Britain was at its greatest, during the Victorian era and the industrial revolution. That greatness would not have been created without people of... imagination.
Is there not one person on Plymouth City Council with the imagination to create a really sustainable future for our city?