The Christmas festivities and New Year celebrations seem an age ago, and we now look forward to the next 12 months.
Aylesbury had a particularly good festive feel about it during December with some great events.
The pantomime at Waterside was one of the best I’ve ever seen, and I understand that the shops did well with an increase in turnover.
Looking back over the past year, Aylesbury has had generally good news.
During the summer Hobble on the Cobbles, and the pop concert and Proms, both in Vale Park, were great successes. Let’s hope that they are repeated, along with all the other free events.
The arrival of Waitrose and the imminent opening of Nandos and Wagamamas can only draw people in and help boost the economy.
Looking to the next twelve months, our town could see a lot of changes, and not all agreeable to Aylesburians.
AVDC will be announcing their plans for Waterside North, already overdue, and I hope that we will not be too disappointed in the eventual outcome.
Leader of the council Neil Blake’s comments with regard to attracting small individual shops were encouraging.
So what can we expect in 2014? On my wish list is:
> Sainsbury’s getting permission to proceed with its new store, together with the refurbishment of its town centre store and development of the surrounding area.
> More restaurants coming to town, with perhaps Mitchell & Butlers re-opening the old Red Lion (currently Hobgoblin) in Kingsbury.
> The market to expand and prosper.
> Bucks County Council sorting out the traffic congestion, without adding more traffic lights.
> The Waterside Theatre expanding its live music offering.
On the downside, this could be the year the government announces its plan for a new garden city north of Aylebury.
Looking at the map there are a number of possible locations, all in the Aylesbury Vale district.
Finally, it’s probably too much to hope that the government does a U-turn on HS2.
We can but dream.