Talking about famous authors who’ve lived in Portsmouth, I’ve been reading in The News about the proposals for a £25m museum devoted to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Why? I’m a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, and I love the fact our former Pompey goalkeeper dreamed him up while living in the city.
It’s brilliant, and there should be a lasting memorial to him here.
But £25m? On the wrong side of a global recession?
That money could do so much good elsewhere, like finally getting the very-long-delayed Northern Quarter shopping centre going, or investing in more transport links. Even handing it over to the people who want to buy South Parade Pier to finally kickstart the process of transforming that carbuncle into something better.
I admire the sentiment, and support the theory, but not now.