Finally the council has admitted to what everyone else has known for a long time.
The proposed redevelopment of the Northgate House site was poorly thought through, leading to a plan which proved uninteresting to potential retailers.
The plans are now in tatters. We are not a regional shopping destination and never will be.
Play to the strengths we have, aim to be a cultural, leisure and, yes, a mixed retail destination embracing our national stores whilst championing our strong independent offer.
Hopefully we can now have a scheme which matches our needs.
Nigel Howorth, By email