If you take a walk around the centre of Peterborough today you wouldn't think that there is any truth in the title for this post. That is the view of academics and economists that the longest recession since the 2nd world war has in fact come to an end.
If it is the case why does our City look so gloomy with all the empty shop units which you can see just on a walk between Midgate and Bridge Street. Big shops lay idle such as JJB Sports, The Muffin Shop to mention a few. It really is in a depressing state and one which is probably the worst I have seen since moving here from Leeds in 1999.
Compound the issue with the Bridge Street improvements work and you think that the City Council have lost the plot. Christmas is coming and is a chance for the City to be showcased, instead it looks like we will have to face a bleak winter until the works are complete next Spring.
Many of the shops on Bridge Street are occupied not by retailers but by companies linked to the works and for informational reasons. Peterborough College have taken over what was Hankins Bazaar. Is this a ploy by the council to head off the downturned, desolated look which would otherwise be even worse without these units being occupied.
There is good news though.
Especially if you have the need to put a bet on or need the services of a pawn broker.
Sarcastic I know this must sound but our fine City is being over run with the aforementioned shops. Bookmakers and money lenders seem to be the most successful and be among the best appointed and used shops in the town. Do we really need so many Money Shops and Turf Accountants in such a small area of Westgate, Midgate, Broadway, Long Causeway and Bridge Street.
Come on councillors take a good look at what is happening in your Town.
What message is being displayed to the visitors who come here to look at our wonderful landmarks. I can't even imagine what visitors must think when they see the state of our Retail Centre. Will they visit again? Who knows.
This is my take on the current situation in Peterborough on my out and about walk today.
Maybe you have something you would like to add. Why not add your comments at the bottom of this post.
Perhaps you like what you see and would like to be a contributor to this blog.
Let me know as I would definitely like to get the views of people in the Greater Peterborough area and would like to take guest posts in the near future.
Until the next post.