Letters - January 9, 2013

Winter Gardens

Winter Gardens

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FORGET the Syndicate/ABC building.

Don’t waste the council’s time on ‘pie in the sky’ schemes for this building.

Get on with opening up the existing car park with additional spaces and good pedestrian access to Church Street and on to St John’s Square.

The council’s real priority 
in the preservation field 
should be the Winter Gardens complex.

This could be a significant drain on council tax payers’ money unless ways are found to get many more people to go in and enjoy the magnificently restored Floral Hall and all the other under-used spaces available there.

The Empress Ballroom is iconic and reasonably well used.

The Opera House has the largest stage in the UK at more than 3,000 seats and is a huge asset for Blackpool.

Imaginative thinking, followed by action, is essential to make the other interiors of the Winter Gardens attractive and interesting and more commercial for both locals and visitors.

I trust the Winter Gardens Trust will come up with some ideas soon.

COLIN SHRIVE,

Sandhurst Avenue,

Bispham.

IT’S not very often I disagree with Duggie Chapman (Letters January 4) but I think I do over the issue of the old ABC building.

By all means let all the possible options be considered as Coun Graham Cain indicated the council is willing to do, but we have to be sensible.

The building failed to sell at auction so, presumably, the money from the private sector is not going to be forthcoming.

If public money was available to be poured into renovating and restoring back to the original for museum purposes, there would not only be a huge finance charge every year but also a maintenance and personnel charge which could not possibly be recouped by admission fees.

There is reasonably adequate space and staffing already available at the Grundy and at the Winter Gardens, which could possibly be used for historical entertainment exhibitions.

It is much more imperative the future of the Winter Gardens is assured by making much better use of the huge largely unused and expensive to maintain spaces there, than saving and restoring the ABC which is not really a very iconic building.

JOHN BAXTER,

Sandhurst Avenue,

Blackpool.

IT’S not very often I disagree with Duggie Chapman (Letters January 4) but I think I do over the issue of the old ABC building.

By all means let all the possible options be considered as Coun Graham Cain indicated the council is willing to do, but we have to be sensible.

The building failed to sell at auction so, presumably, the money from the private sector is not going to be forthcoming.

If public money was available to be poured into renovating and restoring back to the original for museum purposes, there would not only be a huge finance charge every year but also a maintenance and personnel charge which could not possibly be recouped by admission fees.

There is reasonably adequate space and staffing already available at the Grundy and at the Winter Gardens, which could possibly be used for historical entertainment exhibitions.

It is much more imperative the future of the Winter Gardens is assured by making much better use of the huge largely unused and expensive to maintain spaces there, than saving and restoring the ABC which is not really a very iconic building.

JOHN BAXTER,

Sandhurst Avenue,

Blackpool.