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What should Plymouth do to make it better?

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Message 21 - posted by U3508276 - alt id 4, Apr 16, 2006

But which if any of the other city centre buildings looks any better or might last so long without too much adverse comment?
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Message 22 - posted by skipster2k2, Apr 18, 2006

I quite like dingles art noveau style, needs a good clean though.
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Message 23 - posted by Researcher 2922573, Apr 18, 2006

Twin up with Liverpool
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Message 24 - posted by skipster2k2, Apr 18, 2006

never been to liverpool, twinning would give me an excuse so gets me vote :-)
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Message 25 - posted by ianh101, Apr 18, 2006

i've moved from liverpool to here due to my job. Both my wife and myself prefer it down here, but we do miss the city centre life.

I like the idea of the local produce market. With the amount of local producers down here, it's a shame there's not a place you can go to all the time to buy their produce, rather that the little fairs/festivals that pop up around devon and cornwall.

Liverpool too has a bombed out church, which has been the focus for art installations and acts as a memorial to those who died fighting for our country. It is lit up at night, and is a stunning sight. Hopefully the one in drake's circus can be the same.

Plymouth does seem to be on the up. Companies like Urban Splash (more people who have moved from the North West!) are doing the right sort of thing with houses - can we give them the city centre to do? I'm looking forward to the opening of the new shopping centre, but share the concerns about empty shop units. TJ Hughes was a good catch, and Zara, H&M etc will be good too. But who else is coming?

When we have friends down, they always agree that the Barbican is an excellent place, and that the city centre appears to be improving. Let's hope that the council doesn't mess it up!
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Message 26 - posted by U2448401, Apr 18, 2006

Is there anywhere you can recommend on the barbican?
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Message 27 - posted by U3508276 - alt id 4, May 10, 2006

In the time since we moved down we have struggled to find good places to eat/drink by the water without gazing at some tacky marina. With such a huge waterfont area Plymouth should think about opening some paces with sea or estuary views.
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Message 28 - posted by U2448401, May 11, 2006

The RABI at Saltash Passage,the Borringdon Arms at Turnchaple and the ?Waterside at West Hoe.

I agree about the chav bars around Sutton Harbour though.The only decent pub there is the Dolphin which is hidden from the marina by the EWM.
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Message 29 - posted by U3508276 - alt id 4, May 27, 2006

It needs a beter designed and sited crematorium.Given the options of potential views of sea moorland or beautiful countryside and the current obsession with new buildings, Plymouth should be ashamed of the ghastly 'chapels' at Weston Mill and Eford. I went to the most dismal setting I have ever been to for the send off of a good friend yesterday.If it hadn't been for the upbeat group of lively and devoted family and friends the event would have been completely unbearable.If we have little choice but to be dispatched in local council facilities they ought at least to provide the simplest of acceptable venues. In Plymouth a dignified or peaceful space in a beautiful natural setting should be readily affordable and available.
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Message 30 - posted by U3775715 - alt id 1, May 27, 2006

Simple answer,die somewhere else!

I thought in a port with great naval traditions every body would be slung over the back of a trawler or warship!
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Message 31 - posted by U2487692, Jun 4, 2006

Ottakers have sold out to HMV/Waterstones so the new mall will no longer be offering an alternative or additional bookshop.

There's a fresh John Lewis rumour but it leans toward Exeter which would suit the rest of the county better.
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Message 32 - posted by U3508276 - alt id 4, Jun 28, 2006

It shouldn't lose out on events like the Tall Ships Race that went to Brixham.
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Message 33 - posted by Researcher 2922573, Jun 28, 2006

First of all have you any bags of cement?
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Message 34 - posted by U3508276 - alt id 4, Jul 30, 2006

Today's Observer Travel section looks for the best places to bathe outdoors in England. In Devon it refers to the deep pure pools on the Dart above Ashburton at Spitchwick and on the high Plym at Cadover but it also waxes lyrical about the 'Art Deco' Tinside Lido which one contributed said is the most attractive and best outdoor bathing spot in Europe. We gave it a try two weeks ago during the current hot spell.It was OK but the water was not warm, the facilities were clean and basic.It could have done with more regular cleaning and a little more consideration for each other amongst the disperate groups of swimmers and tanners.Sadly days later it had to be closed for an extended period because someone appeared to have deliberately let broken glass get onto the pool floor.

Not bad but hardly Tooting Bec!
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Message 35 - posted by 1950sman, Sep 13, 2006

Actually, the 'bunker' of Dingles you refer to, was designed by Thomas Tait (apart from the extensions). It is a fantastic building, and in my view must be preserved, like most of the other 1950s buildings in Plymouth. The 'ugly' buildings of Plymouth are some of the most nationally and historically important buildings in the country, designed by top architects of the time (Giles Gilbert Scott...), and represent rare and excellent examples of contemproary architecture. There is not much 1950s architecture in Britain, but Plymouth does have some of the best. Just look more closely at the buildings next time you go to Pymouth.
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Message 36 - posted by 1950sman, Sep 13, 2006

Without being rude, a couple of those ideas are already out of date. The propsosal to glaze parts of the city centre came at the time of pedestrianisation (1986/1987) but were never implemented. The pannier market has already had two facelifts-one in 1985 and one in 2000. It is actually a grade 2 listed building and was built in the 1950s, not the 1960s. I agree that Plymouth should stop overselling its tourist attractions, but I do think it undersells its fantastic 1950s architecture. Some form of tram or light rail system would also be fantastic for the city. New, simple landscaping is needed rarther than all the rubbish in Armada Way, and the train station needs to be placed directly at the top of Armada Way. However, am I alone in thinking that Plymouth as a whole does not need massive regeneration?
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Message 37 - posted by U3775715 - alt id 1, Sep 14, 2006

I'm tempoarily in the area looking for a local home.Frirnds here have shown us local papers and publicity about 'regeneration' and the new shops.The Plymouth area doesn't seem prosperous enough for all the new office premises and the odd looking new mini-mall seems very out of date and unlikely to have any enticing new stores.We hope to have a home in South Devon or Cornwall soon so we wish the place to thrive. Isn't the new shopping area failing to catch up even before it opens.
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Message 38 - posted by U5980963, Oct 5, 2006

I agree it needs better shops. Drake Circus hasn't done it yet. Any chance the few remaining empty slots might come up trumps? Have the council planned anything to provide life support for the drab srteets left by the exodus to the american style mall? It could be a very somber sad feeling Christmas period for the traditional traders.
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Message 39 - posted by hjh2403, Mar 26, 2008

There should be some money spent on Union Street to drag it into the 21st century. I've travelled to various other cities around the UK and Plymouth just seems stuck in the 1970s. I've lived in Plymouth all my life and am proud of my hometown, but it's just a shame seeing the state of decay that Union Street has gotten into. I want to invite friends to stay in the summer but what is there to do that you can't do in any other city? Oh, and the wearing of Adidas tracksuit bottoms should be BANNED!
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