The Adver has reported the outcome of the council’s Pride of Place poll, launched in October. The attraction of which people are most proud is Coate Water. What is perhaps more revealing is just how few votes some of the other ‘attractions’ got. The results in full:
Given the question (Which attraction are you most proud of? ‘If you had just one day… where you’d take a visitor’ rather than ‘Which attraction is your favourite?’) it’s probably not surprising that the two leisure centres didn’t do too well: whatever their merits, the two centres are definitely showing their age and have been surpassed by similar facilities in other towns. Similarly for the Wyvern, which was still shut when voting started. However for STEAM museum to come below a roundabout, a hilltop and what is, though an attractive park, nevertheless just an urban park, says little for the museum.
Did the poll succeed in the objective of making me feel connected with my council? Not really, especially as the most popular attraction was one that the council was intent on surrounding with concrete.