The German cruise ship Deutschland visited us for a day today and the five hundred passengers had the choice of a coach trip up to the Lake District or a free bus into the town centre. I am sorry to say that one of the first they would see on approaching the middle of town is the hideous derelict 1970’s Mall what a disgrace. This has been in this state for years now and despite promises and grand but empty plans, it still remains to blight the rest of our mainly Victorian town centre. Sometimes when I have fares that are strangers to the town I try and avoid driving past it but when it’s unavoidable I really do cringe. The time for talk with its absentee landlord is over let’s be having something done with it now it surely must be top priority.