Work is underway to spruce up Blackpool Town Hall after a debate over its appearance prompted the council leader to quip the building could “be a Wetherspoons tomorrow” if it was up to him.
Coun Simon Blackburn made the comments during a full meeting of the council in response to concerns by Coun Maxine Callow about the state of the building.
But Coun Callow said the leader had fulfilled a promise to look at what could be done to improve the exterior of the Grade II listed building in Talbot Square.
She said: “Coun Blackburn emailed me to say the work was being done. The Town Hall steps are being deep cleaned and the noticeboards on Corporation Street will be sorted out.
“The building was starting to look shabby and was letting the town down so I am pleased the work is being done.
“I know money is tight but it doesn’t cost a fortune to do and we have to have some pride in the town and the overall impression we are giving to people.”
Coun Blackburn had said while lots of people had affection for the Town Hall, he was not “one of them.”
He told the full council meeting last month: “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.”