Lancaster Council intends to sell the leasehold on the canal corridor north site for 250 years as part of the Centros deal. We believe that the sale of such a large chunk of prime public land in the centre of the city for such a long period is short-sighted. It also means that all the rights we enjoy on public land will be gone.
If the shopping centre fails which is always a possibility, we could end up with an eyesore in the city centre over which the council has no effective control and within which, the public has no rights.
The prohibition of busking or the right to demonstrate might not seem such a great loss to some, but it attacks fundamental freedoms which our forbears paid for dearly and will contribute to the clone town sterility which is dominating city centres around the country.
|14 May 2007||Tree Massacre||Every tree on the canal corridor north site to be cut down.|
Public Spaces Links
- What Kind Of World Are We Building? The Privatisation of Public Space - This report by respected journalist Anna Minton on the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors website is key to understanding the ongoing debate on the private ownership of public space.
- Building balanced communities: the US and UK compared - Another report by respected journalist Anna Minton (November 2002).