Mr Bluh, in his obsession to bring a canal back into the town centre, is reaching the point of delusion.
It could make Swindon a destination of choice.
Really? That’s like suggesting that having a violin playing a few chords in a pop song makes it classical orchestral music. Also, I don’t recall many reports recently of Woking being inundated with tourists visiting the canal that runs through its town centre.
The green corridor would be a popular attraction, not just for tourists but the residents of Swindon as well.
The canal walk that runs along the old canal route from Kingshill to the town centre is already fairly green and certainly comparable to what the council’s central area action plan proposes for the green spine in terms of the amount of vegetation. I haven’t noticed many tourists there.
It’s about looking at the vision and seeing the issues involved, then seeing if it’s sensible to fulfil the vision.
It should also be about ensuring that the fog of exuberant enthusiasm doesn’t obscure reality.
It’s nice to have a leader with a vision for Swindon, but in believing, as he seems to, that of itself a canal will turn Swindon into a tourist attraction, Mr Bluh is forsaking vision for fantasy.