Next week contractors are due to begin work creating the £4 million Jubilee Square in Leicester city centre. Despite the obvious concerns that the Labour City Mayor is spending vast amounts of money on a scheme which the Council can't afford, we believe that he has shown arrogance in pressing ahead with this scheme.
Many local businesses have reacted badly to this plan. None of them are looking forward to eight months of disruption on their doorsteps. None of them are looking forward to losing one of the last decent short-stay car parks in the city centre. Many local traders have said that Jubilee Square is the vision of one man, not that of the businesses and people who work in the area.
Fifty car parking spaces will be lost, and the City Mayor has no firm plans to replace them. The existing car park generates some £200,000 a year for the City Council, but the City Mayor seems not to be bothered about ripping up a facility which generates a good profit.
The City Mayor is also ripping up a taxi rank and park-and-ride which was only created by the City Council just a few years ago.
All of this, and the City Mayor still hasn't got adequate planning permission for this scheme to proceed.
He has shown incredible arrogance over this scheme, ignoring local concerns and forcing his vision on a city that doesn't want it.