I read with interest the letter [November 6] regarding the appalling attitude of our council to the much overdue refurbishment of Pistachios in Princes Park.
My wife and I have been regular customers at the cafe since it reopened as Pistachios. We have two ex-racing greyhounds who so like the venue with its carpeted floor, a welcome resting place whilst we meet up with fellow dog walkers and enjoy good food and hot drinks. It is not uncommon to have around a dozen hounds of all shapes and sizes enjoying each other’s company and a good number of treats into the bargain.
As a Friend of Princes Park, I recall many years ago that a council representative attended a meeting and assured those attending that the council was committed to carrying out a major refurbishment of the cafe and that more than £300,000 had been ring-fenced for the work. Yet more pie in the sky.
Then there was the grand plan to open up an access from the main road. Plenty of pretty pictures but that also seems to have gone quiet. Now all we hear about is another ‘grand plan’ to make the Wish Tower cafe into a fine dining restaurant. I always understood that the cafe was there for the residents and visitors to enjoy the view whilst taking refreshment. If people want fine dining, go to the Grand Hotel.
When is our council going to get off the unwelcome, over-ambitious plans and start recognising that these public facilities are for the people, not just a very few well-heeled visitors / residents.
Returning to Pistachios, the building infrastructure is in a parlous state. The closure due in October, which hasn’t happened, does not take into account alternative facilities which will allow the couple that run the cafe to continue trading during the closed period. Typical council, makes promises, doesn’t keep them and totally ignores the impact of their ‘decision making’ on the people most affected. The latest ‘promise’ of a March start is a joke. Starting work just when business starts to pick up with the better weather is yet another symptom of a council which should be getting off their backsides and make it happen NOW.
There are no refreshment facilities which are dog friendly on the east side of town, let’s not lose another for months. The council should get on with it and stop messing about.
Chris and Jayne Osman
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