23rd Sep, 2018

EDITOR'S COMMENT: Time for re-think on Coventry city centre's future?

Les Reid 20th Jul, 2018

Councillors are to commit nearly £1million more of council taxpayers’ money to redeveloping the Upper Precinct after national watchdog Heritage England’s controversial listings for some of its buildings.

They say it’s due to a £1million reduction in what developers are prepared to invest in the project.

Whether listings – usually considered onerous by developers – were a factor, it’s said the developers were allegedly reacting to the fall in interest for town centres among retailers.

The extra public investment is not without risk.

The heritage-minded community group The Coventry Society’s Keith Draper argues it’s time to re-think the wider city centre redevelopment ambitions towards organic growth of local stores and other activities, away from disproportionately seeking to attract multi-national retailers.

It’s certainly worth debate.

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