It’s easy to sit at home and scoff about Doomsday Scenario statements from the leader of Preston’s council as reported in the Evening Post. Today’s comment about the Guild Hall being on the agenda for cuts or even knocked down sounded dramatic and it can’t be certain if it was posturing against central government or positioning for the bus station debate.
The suggestion of bringing in an entertainment company to run the Guild Hall is similar to Blackpool where the council brought in Merlin Entertainments, operators of Madam Tussauds, to run the Tower. Sounds reasonable, if possible.
Given that the Guild Hall is Preston’s only large entertainment centre it’s unlikely to be knocked down. Although the Guild Hall isn’t a place I’d suggest anyone goes to have a look at, like the bus station it has a very tired look and suffering from that gap between fresh and old.
The council say the settlement with central government is another big reduction and something must give. Without being an expert on council spending it’s hard to comment, but the buildings being discussed have been there at least 40 years and weathered worse storms than the current recession. Why is it that this time buildings are being knocked down.
It is logical to review all services and buildings and that is what they’re doing. There are a lot of empty buildings in Preston that many citizens would like to be looked after, the old post office and Mount Street for example. Hopefully the answer will not be a dull politically motivated announcement. An assumption of better times to come should dictate the answers.