Market looks like Orwell’s 1984

I AGREE with the previous letters (News Post Leader, June 16) regarding the ‘concrete city’ that is Blyth’s market place.

A once lovely, colourful, welcoming market place has now been turned into a one which looks like something out of George Orwell’s 1984 and which wouldn’t look out of place if the Red Army came marching through it.

Just what was wrong with the old design of colourful flower beds placed around seating areas, with wooden benches which allow rainwater to fall between the slats and dry quicker in the sun?

Now we have cold grey granite blocks covered in bird droppings that stay wet for a long time after any rain.

There are other faults too, but these have been covered previously so I won’t go over old ground.

I can’t begin to imagine what was going on in the mind of the designers (or of the person/people who actually gave the thumbs up to it), but I tell you what, you’d be hard pressed to design a more cold, grey, drab, cheerless, dull, un-inviting eyesore if you tried.

MARK CHESHIRE

Blyth