Editor's Opinion: Could Meridian Park be succeeding?
WE read today of the council's efforts to justify the building of the famous 'white elephant' that is Cleethorpes' Meridian Arena.
It was dubbed 'white elephant' due to its well-documented shaky start, with criticism over the cost and the amount of use.
However, have we turned a corner with this arena?
In hindsight, you could say that, yes, it was expensive.
But we have seen it open its gates this summer to a whole host of community events, none of which would have been staged elsewhere in the resort – nowhere has the capacity for such outdoor activities in a safe and confined space.
The majority have been extremely well attended and most by the local community – take Smileathon at the weekend, the arena was the perfect place for it to start and finish.
Obviously the weather is an issue in this country, and as a result events do suffer.
But all in all, if the arena can continue to be used and opened up at reasonable rates for the good of the community and for local people to organise and stage successful events, then its success will continue to gather momentum.
So, possibly it is time for the criticism to stop – the arena is there, so let's make the best use of it for the good of the community of North East Lincolnshire.