Town Hall proposals represent a positive investment
I couldn’t agree more with your article about the mystery man. I was amazed to find the provocative (one could almost say inflammatory) circular drop through my door last week “signed” by MARLBOROUGH CONCERNED CITIZENS. No name, address or contact details of any kind. Clearly a local version of “disgusted of Tunbridge Wells.”
This development is a major undertaking and of course it is right that full discussion should take place. I found the consultation exhibition interesting and informative and was happy to take the explanatory brochure away for closer inspection.
On balance, I am in favour of the development for these reasons:
- The financing arrangements seem very favourable (and I do trust Andy Ross to get this right). An estimated annual net cost of £11,000 is not excessive.
- At a time of economic hardship the competition for the work will be keen and, if the contract goes to a local firm, much needed employment in the construction trade will ensue
- I am sorry to hear that a tourist point will no longer be included but I am very interested in the proposed museum. Marlborough is a historic town with a considerable collection of historic artefacts which, to date, have no proper display area. It will be a very good candidate for a heritage grant when the time comes.
- The current Town Hall, despite the fairly recent redecoration, is shabby and out of date. For an example of what can be done with a building of this era, you need look no further than the Corn Hall in Devizes (admittedly a larger town) which is fresh, modern and in constant use.
We need to invest in our town and not be paralysed by fear of spending a moderate revenue cost.
I hope not to be bombarded with an aggressive counterattack but I will take the chance and sign my name to this letter.