Fenton Town Hall and the magnificent Great War Memorial contained within are under serious threat of demolition. Made from Minton tiles and 4m x 3m in dimension, the Great War Memorial remembers 498 men from Stoke-on-Trent who gallantly fell in service of their country. For many who were never recovered it is their grave.
The Town Hall, till recently The Magistrates' Courts has been put on the market by its owners, The Ministry of Justice, for £500,000. Your signature will help the community transform the building into an exciting venue which will make the Great War memorial accessible to all to appreciate for the first time in many decades, bring in jobs and growth whilst improving the profile of the local and wider community.
Worryingly, the memorial's size and weight precludes its relocation: it is deeply embedded into the very fabric of the building in a wall at the top of a flight of stairs. And neither the memorial nor the Town Hall is protected as a recent application for listing status was rejected. Consequently there could be severe repercussions for the hall, memorial and community should it fall into the wrong hands.
We ask you to sign this petition in requesting the Ministry of Justice put a hold on the sale of the building and listen to the community's ideas for the town hall; that way we have a chance of ensuring the preservation of this fabulous piece of heritage - wonderful to all, priceless to many.
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