For the first time in it must be two years I ventured into the city centre.
I came out depressed to be honest.
There were people just sitting about on the floor leaning back against shop fronts, there was litter blowing around. An old chap begging whilst playing an old accordion. To misquote a comedians well known phrase he played the right notes but in the wrong order.
People were just wandering about with no aim. It could best be described as moving unemployment.
The faces showed no hope and no expectations.
We walked through the major shopping centre. Now when I first moved here to Peterborough 28 years ago it was a lovely centre, well kept, all the shop units full and busy even mid week with shoppers.
What a change now, it’s full of display tat, and stalls scattered about that make it look like more of an indoor market than a shopping centre. It’s lost it’s sparkle. People were sitting on the cold marble seats looking depressed downtrodden and bored.
There are boarded up shop units, with information painted on them giving details about the centre, in I think the vain hope you will not notice they are empty. There was a Sky TV stand with a couple of men on plying the benefits of satellite TV, to be honest they looked as though they would be more at home selling dodgy second hand cars on a bit of waste land.
The bus station where we caught the bus out was no better, yet more people sitting about not even waiting for buses, rubbish on the floor and a couple of security guards who looked more dodgy than the people they were keeping an eye on.
Peterborough city centre has changed, the council have just spent money on covering much of it with free WI-FI. Looking at the place I can think of many other ways the money could have been better spent.
As I said at the start it was a depressing experience.