I WAS surprised to see the Grade II listed Moore & Brock building has been identified as the possible location for Northwich’s new cultural centre.
I’d have thought such a location extremely risky in years to come in view of the increasing effect of climate change with flooding due to long periods of heavy rain and rising sea levels.
Given the ‘Vision’ is still years away due to the deepening economic recession, I wonder what the Environment Agency will advise about development on this site in, say, five years.
I doubt whether money will be freely available for our cultural centre when the unitary authority takes over next year. We’ll be the country cousins!
I gather from Vale Royal council that the location and design for our new cultural centre will be chosen by competition among architects.
I sincerely hope that we, the community who live here and pay our community charges, will be consulted both in drawing up the brief for the competition and in choosing the winner!
I say this in view of the inappropriate objects focused upon this community by Vale Royal Council in the past – ie the extraordinary arrangement of pipework and wheel between the fish shop and the Vale Royal office and the concrete bendy benches by the library.
No consultation was carried out on either presumably because the council think they know best!
My idea is to locate a building like the Danish one pictured between the Crest Dairy and the Salvation Army Citadel overlooking Baron’s Quay but with its feet out of the water.
The building cost £6m some four years ago (70/30 shared between the local authority and local business) and it may be that contributors in cash or kind may come from Sainsbury’s, Matalan, M & S and Northwich Glass.
Like the Danish centre, ours could contain a cinema, a library, a cafe/bar, a tourist centre, a quality restaurant, halls for activities and a youth facility.
I wonder what readers think.
Cinder Hill, Whitegate