COMMUNITY URGED TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON THE FUTURE OF BEESTON TOWN HALL

BROXTOWE BOROUGH COUNCIL is seeking the views of the local community on the future of the Town Hall building, on Foster Avenue in Beeston, as it continues to look for ways to save money to meet the financial challenges it faces.

The consultation, which is available online at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/townhallconsultation is open until 15th January and asks local people to choose one of three options put forward by the Council for the future of the building.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Richard Jackson said, “We know that the Town Hall is an important building to many people but as the Council continues to face financial challenges, difficult decisions have to be made in order to ensure we can still provide frontline services for our residents. Reviewing our buildings and how they are utilised is one of the ways we are trying to address these challenges.”

“In the survey, we’ve tried to put the local community in our shoes and see the difficult choice we’re faced with. Their views are important to us so I’d urge everyone in the area to get online and complete the consultation.”

For anyone who doesn’t have internet access, comments can also be sent in writing to Head of Property Services, Council Offices, Foster Avenue, Beeston, NG9 1AB.

For more information, please contact Broxtowe Borough Council on 0115 917 3655 or visit http://www.broxtowe.gov.uk

About Sue Sambells

Editor of Bramcote Today. Trustee of Nottinghamshire Neighbourhood Watch. Lead Coordinator for RVR, Bramcote - Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
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4 Responses to COMMUNITY URGED TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON THE FUTURE OF BEESTON TOWN HALL

  1. Beeston Civic Society says:

    Paper copies of the Consultation Document will be available at the Beeston Civic Society Coffee morning this coming Satuday, 16th December at The White Lion, Beeston. 10.30 – 12 midday.

  2. This consultation is most interesting – it raises the question of why other major decisions have not been consulted on in the past but be that as it may.
    I would have liked to have responded by saying the Town Hall should be retained and the adjacent council offices demolished and the land sold off for mixed use housing-retail that would help enhance the economy of Beeston town centre. Since that was not one of the options, my response – intended to trigger a wider and more creative debate – was to demolish the building and sell it off for housing. My comments were:

    “Every single penny raised should be used to finance the school buildings needed in Bramcote and hence avoid the need to build on Broxtowe’s green belt.
    The air-space above the bus-tram interchange should be sold at the same time and that money used for the same purpose.”

    Perhaps Councillors Martin, John and Jan, our borough councillors, who were voted in on a manifesto to defend the green belt, could consider whether this is a last chance saloon for them to fulfil their promises to the electorate?

    Looking forward to others’ thoughts on what is a thorny issue.

    • RichHartman says:

      The consultation is in order to give us only 3 options to choose from, and someone in the council must have already decided these are the three most favoured options.

      I am not convinced that capital receipts from a land sale in Beeston should subsidise a school in Bramcote where the school owners allowed it to fall into a state of alleged not-fit-for-purpose.

      Beeston Town Hall is a borough council asset which has a financial, historic and civic value. It is the county council’s responsibility to provide education in adequate school buildings, not the borough council’s.

      Going back to the consultation, the back of the town hall is neither historic nor pretty, even if the staff/shoppers’ car park at the rear (off Devonshire) is retained. It must be feasible to build above this car park to provide several flats and make money that way. The only person likely to be affected by such building is a metal gorilla in the adjacent front garden. Putting up a decent building above the car park could be an architectural benefit to the conservation area and also produce income for the Borough Council.

  3. Judy Sleath says:

    There is now an online petition to sign, here is the link
    https://www.change.org/p/broxtowe-council-save-beeston-town-hall-from-demolition
    Thank you.

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