The Waterfront and the V&A are welcome and exciting developments but there is concern that the historic city centre is in decline.
These are among the findings of an opinion poll conducted by Dundee City Centre & Harbour Community Council during a farmers’ market in City Square.
Recurring themes are strong support for a multiplex cinema, preferably in the Wellgate, and a desire to see the City Square used more for events and as a focal point for city centre life. Community council members asked for the views of city centre residents and other Dundee citizens, as well as visitors.
A spokesman said: “People from outside the city were generally enthusiastic, citing the friendliness of the people, the compact central area and good shops, restaurants and cafes.
“Dundonians, of course, had more measured views, though there were surprisingly few actual complaints.
“The point was made that to get the most out of the Waterfront, the upper city centre needed to be a vibrant place too.
“Shop closures were a worry and people were looking for ‘out of the box’ thinking to dispel the empty frontage syndrome.
“Several people remarked that the city centre was very quiet in the evening and there was little to bring families into town or extend their visit after teatime, even at the weekend.
“However, it was a very worthwhile exercise and one which will be repeated.”