Op-ed: Visitors to Kingston-upon-Hull and locals trying to shop in the city centre have had a dismal year.
Ahead of the city's year in the spotlight as the UK City of Culture 2017 major works continue.
Before you tell me that you cannot undertake major improvements without some disruption here are some pertinent considerations.
Ferensway, a major road through the city centre, will close next week for three days. If all goes to plan the ensuing chaos will be brief. However for those who normally access this road it will be a big headache.
St Stephens shopping centre will still be accessible via its rear car park but expect traffic to be busy and slow moving.
Friday St Stephens' management tweeted "Planned closure of Ferensway 27-29 Nov. Our multi-storey car park will remain open. For any queries contact Customer Services 01482 313960."
Temporary bus route changes can be found here.
The city council has decided that works to improve lighting along Ferensway will be better completed in just three days accepting it will cause major disruption. The alternative however is a protracted affair.
An average 12,ooo vehicles use Ferensway each day.
Just how long will the rest of the works take?
Last year around October works across the city centre began.
Rather than a bit at a time huge parts of the city centre were dug up and cordoned off.
As autumn moved to winter pedestrians were faced with unsafe walking areas that were often waterlogged and muddy.
Shops in the city centre began to lose trade and some were forced to close their doors once and for all.
Having invested heavily in retail in the city centre the council were left with diminishing revenue.
Call it the domino effect or a downward spiral or what you will but it was and is bad news.
Hull New Theatre and the Feren's Art Gallery closed for major renovations. Both will repoen some time next year.
Sadly HULL will not be good to go January 1, 2017.
Some problems will be due to budgets and when money was or is released but it is a terrible look.
But do the changes represent best value for money and the people of the city?
Changes in the old town and former dock area are a mixed bag. They may have limited appeal locally.
While it will be great to attract visitors to the city in 2017 we have to look beyond that year. It is our time to shine but also our time to aim for a better future.
Unless you have transport the older areas of the city around former docks and the farly new marina are not easy to visit especially at night.
Hopefully the local council will have considered that and be making suitable arrangements.
Why so negative?
Health and safety has gone out of the window. Pedestrians have spent more than a year manoeuvring dangerous temporary footpaths.
It has been a difficult year and many people have stopped using the city centre hitting trade.
Will shoppers return when the work finally ends?
As Christmas rolls around again the unfinished city centre will not attract visitors.
In late May we wrote a report and titled it "HULL CITY CENTRE DISASTER ZONE AND EUROVIA."
Like many people were angry; angry that work was weeks behind; angry that a foreign firm had been awarded the contract;angry that having watched "workers" at various sites across the city centre we had concluded they were having a laugh at our expense!
Will our year as City of Culture make it all worthwhile and will the city ever be ready?
[Renovations are costing round £25 million]