For those who had a look at my last post (All Square?), I was very glad to have some support from comments here, as well as from other Peers who spoke.
However, the most encouraging reaction was from my Liberal Democrat colleague, Lord (William) Wallace of Saltaire, the Minister replying to the debate. By happy accident he had previously supported the effective pedestrianisation of the central area of the square, removing the traffic on two sides. It was difficult, therefore, for him to be defeatist or obstructive to my ideas for making it a more demonstrably democratic space.
I suspect this issue is now heading back to the top of somebody’s list. If you have any views, please do comment and I’ll make sure that they get passed on in due course to any decision-makers who put their heads above the parapet.
PS: For those who took an interest in the other issues I was addressing last week – electoral registration and encouraging electoral participation – I warmly recommend the fascinating interview between Iain Dale and my colleague Chris Rennard, which is available at: http://www.totalpolitics.com/articles/160427/in-conversation-with-chris-rennard.thtml