The developers have agreed to improve the appearance of the harbour area and to open the North Pier next Summer. They also stated that they expect to start building by June 2014.
However I asked them to do away with all the fencing on the public square and to improve the landscaping on the fenced area and they have not agreed to this.
I have written again to them and asked them to landscape inside the fence for at least one metre width and to use trees in planters, which can be moved during construction, to soften up the area. This would be a major gain at limited cost. I have also asked them be realistic with the construction date as I am sceptical of a June 2014 start.