Reader letter: What happened to Gateway promises?

A birds' eye view of how the Gateway scheme would look when completed on Nottingham Road, Ripley.
A birds' eye view of how the Gateway scheme would look when completed on Nottingham Road, Ripley.
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Hooray! It’s election time and the blame game starts all over again!

I for one will not be voting for any of the “establishment” political parties this time around.

We need some kind of change to fix this extinct and obsolete system of political governance, both nationally and locally. This continual cycle of political bickering only succeeds in creating a negative environment, and which, in its present form is not fit for purpose in the 21st century.

Just for a moment can we reflect on The Gateway development debacle in Ripley.

If there was ever an example of the waste of hundreds of man hours, scores of thousands of pounds, political back biting and one upmanship, and unfulfilled promises, then that situation illustrates what is wrong with the existing setup.

In one form or another, Ripley was promised millions of pounds to reinvigorate the town centre, innovative ideas and stimulus to get things moving again and promises, promises, promises!

You know what? I’ve seen nothing yet to get my hopes up!

Finally if my memory serves me correct, it was those on the Labour side of the fence that were the main driving force against The Gateway development.

Methinks that they protested too much!

Peter Clay

The Angel

Ripley