We can’t let Queen see this city eyesore

TIDY THIS UP: The exterior of the former Images nightclub opposite the Hive. 25065901

TIDY THIS UP: The exterior of the former Images nightclub opposite the Hive. 25065901

First published in Letters

SIR – When the Queen Mother reopened the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal in 1964, they painted underneath a road bridge her boat The Linda was due to travel under.

When the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh came to Worcester by train years ago, workers quickly painted the rusting gas-holder behind the Metal Box Company factory by the railway.

Now the Queen is to open our yellow peril – the Hive – so are there plans to paint or cover up the old nightclub premises on the other side of the road in the Butts?

Surely we are not going to allow this disgraceful approach into the city to be seen by royalty?

I hope that you will publish this letter so that those with authority to do something about such matters urgently can see and deal with it.

ALAN E COLDICOTT
Worcester

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5:36pm Mon 25 Jun 12

L Martin says...

Whilst I fully support all developments in Worcester City which will both improve its appearance to residents and visitors and will also, hopefully, bring new business and trade to the area, I sincerely hope that the Authorities would not go to the expense of cosmetically enhancing old properties simply because The Queen is due to visit us.

When funding is so stretched that local people are losing their jobs within the NHS, the Council and many other sectors, I am sure that money could be used for far more constructive purposes and surely The Queen would prefer to see her country as it really is, not airbrushed!
Whilst I fully support all developments in Worcester City which will both improve its appearance to residents and visitors and will also, hopefully, bring new business and trade to the area, I sincerely hope that the Authorities would not go to the expense of cosmetically enhancing old properties simply because The Queen is due to visit us. When funding is so stretched that local people are losing their jobs within the NHS, the Council and many other sectors, I am sure that money could be used for far more constructive purposes and surely The Queen would prefer to see her country as it really is, not airbrushed! L Martin
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11:19pm Mon 25 Jun 12

Samboy says...

It is often the case that it takes a visit by a V I P for the authorities to do that bit extra to avoid their blushes so I hope that any eyesores the Queen might face will be improved. Would L Martin go for an interview in a dirty shirt? Impressions are important.
It is often the case that it takes a visit by a V I P for the authorities to do that bit extra to avoid their blushes so I hope that any eyesores the Queen might face will be improved. Would L Martin go for an interview in a dirty shirt? Impressions are important. Samboy
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9:38am Tue 26 Jun 12

Maggie Would says...

If Mr Coldicott is so bothered, why doesn't he speak to the council?
'Those with authority' don't decide what to do after reading the letters page in the local paper.
If Mr Coldicott is so bothered, why doesn't he speak to the council? 'Those with authority' don't decide what to do after reading the letters page in the local paper. Maggie Would
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8:34pm Tue 26 Jun 12

L Martin says...

The Hive's remarkable appearance is controversial and whether or not its design is to her personal taste, I am sure that what will impress The Queen will be the astonishing new resource and facilities that this offers us all. Undoubtedly local people showing their pride in the very best aspects of Worcester will provide a lasting impression of a City whose good points more than outweigh the odd tatty building.
The Hive's remarkable appearance is controversial and whether or not its design is to her personal taste, I am sure that what will impress The Queen will be the astonishing new resource and facilities that this offers us all. Undoubtedly local people showing their pride in the very best aspects of Worcester will provide a lasting impression of a City whose good points more than outweigh the odd tatty building. L Martin
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11:35pm Wed 27 Jun 12

Jabbadad says...

If the building in question is given a lick of paint then this will at least give someone some work, and the messy building will fit into the newly developed area as well. JOB DONE.
Action Please.
If the building in question is given a lick of paint then this will at least give someone some work, and the messy building will fit into the newly developed area as well. JOB DONE. Action Please. Jabbadad
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