My personal opinion is that, although Paddy's Market may not have been pleasing to the eye, it served a useful purpose and, more importantly, it had the history and potential to become something a lot more useful and appealing to the city. The problem was that upgrqading, refurbishement and diversification were never considered as options to immediate closure.
Anyway, in the media today was a response from the Green Party: Nina Baker, the Green city councillor who championed Paddy's, said:
"The problem is a lack of imagination by the Labour leadership and their obsession with high-end shopping.£700,000 Paddy’s Market bill under fire from Greenshttp://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/700-000...reens-1.1155246
When they should have been trying to find ways of developing markets where local people could sell local goods – which is what tourists loved – they worried about high-end retail. There was a real opportunity to take the best of Paddy's Market – respectable traders – and do something really interesting.
It could combine stalls selling second-hand goods with, say, places selling textiles or local designer clothing.
We want to see local small-scale businesses supported and they [Labour councillors] like big shiny malls and what the French call 'grands projets'."