In 2000 the Editor asked a number of members about their main hopes for the town as we entered the new millennium. It wasn't meant to involve soul searching but off-the-cuff thoughts, with humour not excluded! You might like to look at those hopes and do your own thinking about what has been achieved and what hasn't.
So here goes - "I hope for....
- "Enough jobs for townspeople."
- "A fully fledged university which will attract more brains and business."
- "A town more comfortable with itself, not bothering to become a city."
- "Restitution of the Museums Service to past glories" and "Flourishing museums."
- "A sorting out of traffic problems and synchronising of traffic lights."
- "A more rational and balanced view of needs by the Borough Council."
- "Successful regeneration of the Wet Dock area."
- "A re-opened and thriving Wolsey Theatre."
- "The Town to be promoted to the Premiership and to stay there." "Better shops" and "More real shops and fewer charity shops."
- "A better balance between the needs of private and public transport in the town centre."
- "A cathedral so that I can hear choral evensong without going to Norwich or Bury."
- "A House of Fraser department store."
- "A pedestrianised town without traffic gridlock."
- "An extension to the playground in Christchurch Park."
- "A solution of the traffic problem between dock and town."
- "The waterside to come together as the beginning of the vision we are working for."
- "All our fine old buildings to be brought back into use."
- "A more dynamic and visionary approach by our town leaders, including the IBC, business and voluntary organisations."