Save our Guildhall

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Petition update

Public Meeting 15th January 7pm Roysse Room in Abingdon Guildhall

Iain Littlejohn
Abingdon, ENG, United Kingdom

Jan 8, 2018 — Around 2 months after the original request, the Town Council have finally agreed to hold a public meeting to discuss their plans for the Guildhall and to take questions and receive comments from the public.

The Council are not exactly going overboard to publicise the meeting, but the details are buried on the Council website which can be accessed through the following link: http://www.abingdon.gov.uk/system/files/sites/default/files/towncouncil/spm_agenda_150118.pdf

The meeting will be broken into two parts, one covering the plans for the historic rooms, the staircase and improving access, with the other covering their plans (or lack of plans) to reopen the Abbey Hall.

We hope as many people as possible can join us to show the Council that this is not something that just a few people feel strongly about, but is an issue of widespread concern. They will only do something if they think failure to act will cost them in the election. The council are doing the minimum to publicise this so please make every effort to attend and please encourage others to do so through your own networks.

Other asides:
- good news that a reputable firm of conservation architects have been appointed by the council to look into the staircase and disability access. We have not seen the question they have been asked to answer, and the report will not be receive in open meeting (what are they wanting to hide?) but this is generally a positive move from the Council
- there was some good coverage over Christmas in the local press, we need to keep up the pressure as the the Council still think we are a small group, and there is a 'silent majority of less articulate citizens' who disagree with our concerns
- there is some positive news on the cinema front, in that a professional cinema company is piloting professional cinema at the Unicorn Theatre. If you havent been already, look them up at www.theunicorn.ac . Wouldn't it be great if they were also playing in the Abbey Hall rather than it standing empty and decaying?


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