I FIRMLY believe the main point has been missed in that the Square isn't currently safe for pedestrians to use let alone organise activities there. I am not alone in thinking that the area is like a death trap, especially in inclement weather, and I verbally reported this to an official not long after the Square was finished and was told that there wasn't enough money available to put down similar paving slabs to the adjacent, more textured ones. Is it not best to have thought in advance of safety rather than cheapness in order to save money in the end for any accidents which may occur?
During the lead-up to Christmas several children were apparently sliding and slipping around at a function put on and it won't be long before someone really hurts themselves. In fact, only today I noticed a lady of around 40 treading carefully on the wet slabs to ensure she got across without any mishap. So, before plans are made for 'activities' in the Square, surely plans should be drawn up to ensure the Square is a safe place to be even though Simon Tong has already indicated that ‘the district council cannot fund as well as licence the Square’.