Council Leader-"I'd turn the Town Hall into a Wetherspoons tomorrow!"

It’s been at the heart of Blackpool’s civic history  for more than 100 years – but current council leader Simon Blackburn has revealed he would turn the Town Hall into “a Wetherspoons tomorrow”.

His quip came during a debate over the state of the Grade II listed building in Talbot Square.
Coun Maxine Callow told a meeting of the full council that noticeboards on the outside of the building  in Corporation Street “were a disgrace” while the front door “needs a varnish and the stairs need a good scrub.”
She added: “I do think the Town Hall looks rather sad, having visited other town halls recently.
I know money is tight but could we spend a couple of hundred pounds as it really is a bad advert for Blackpool.”
Coun Blackburn said he would see what could be done.
But he told the meeting: “Lots of people have lots of affection for the Town Hall as a building. I’m not one of them.
“If it was up to me it would be a Wetherspoons tomorrow, but I’m one of the few so I think it’s safe for the moment.
“Also it’s a listed building, so it couldn’t be a Wetherspoons, but regarding the door and steps I will see what I can do.”
The Town Hall was built in a Jacobean style  between 1895 and 1900 to a design by Potts, Son and Hennings.
A stained glass window at the head of the stairway in the main entrance contain coats-of-arms of some of the towns and cities whose residents visit Blackpool including Bolton, Manchester, Liverpool, Bury, Oldham, Salford and Lancaster.
Last August the council spent £13,000 upgrading the council chamber including the restoration of a historic stained glass window inset into the ceiling of the chamber.

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