We promised an update once we’d received a reply from the Council on the sudden news about plans to refurbish the Town Hall. One arrived just before Xmas from Councillor Theo Blackwell. On the concerns we’d raised about public consultation, and the need for local residents to be able to comment on proposals before they are fully worked up, Theo tells us: –
Theo then gave us some more general comments about the Council’s ambitions for the scheme, saying the aim is “to get a better building, create new office space to raise money for public services, restore the historic Town Hall and take a different approach to the Camden Centre (which is used as a nightclub quite often). This is very much with the mind of enhancing the building and the area.”
We’re promised that consultation with community groups, including the Marchmont Association and residents of Queen Alexandra Mansions, will be starting in late January. A full planning application is still a long way off – first half of next year (2018) most likely.
One to watch in 2017.