Labour’s Assembly Rooms Replacement Plans branded ‘A Fiasco’

December 14, 2017 12:25 PM

In October Labour rubber-stamped their choice for what should replace the Assembly Rooms. There was an outcry from various groups in the city who had not been consulted about the issue. Councillors who scrutinise what the Labour Cabinet do were also very critical of the proposals. It seems that consultants employed by the Council came up with the proposals without doing any proper consultation about what Derby citizens wanted.

Three of Derby's Liberal Democrat councillors "called-in" Labour's decision so it could be scrutinised in more depth. At the scrutiny meeting Labour said they would do some more consultation. But it turns out that their "consultation" is actually all about persuading the public to accept what has already been decided!

Cllr Ruth Skelton said, "Labour want what they call a music and performance venue, but it won't have any theatre facilities. So touring shows would not be able to perform in Derby. If that is what Labour wants, they should just repair the existing Assembly Rooms. We need some clear strategic thinking on this issue, but sadly it has been lacking so far."