|Posted: 07 June 2010 at 12:20 | IP Logged
Thats a very fair response Colgrin but I went to a 'city meeting' the other day and was told that Peterborough Cathedral attracts more visitors than Alton Towers!! - honestly!!
But,and I think this is where many people make a mistake is that we try to compare Peterborough with the 'major' cities across the UK.
We have to realise and understand our place in the 'city food chain' as it were.
We can't compare Peterborough with Newcastle - likewise, try comparing Sunderland to Newcastle - theres are no notable concert venues/arenas in Sunderland and thats just a few miles down the road from Newcastle
The council in Newcastle may have a far bigger budget to spend on its infrastructure simply because of its size.
Its like saying to build a 10,000 seater concert arena costs ú10m - Newcastle gets this 'grant' as it has a population of 500,000. On the same population ratio we'ed get ú3m - this will build a 3000 capacity arena BUT obviously a 3000 cap arena will not attract the same acts as a 10,000 cap arena so we'ed be moaning agian that the 'big names' dont come to Peterborough.
We have to compare like for like - cities/towns around the UK with similar populations to Peterborough - such as Cambridge / Northampton / Colchester / Chelmsford.
We try our best