Civic watchdog sets up Winter Gardens meeting

PUBLISHED: 13:08 07 January 2015 | UPDATED: 13:08 07 January 2015

Weston Winter Gardens Pavilion.

Weston Winter Gardens Pavilion.

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CONCERN over the future of the Winter Gardens has led to a public meeting being called by Weston's civic leaders.

North Somerset Council voted to hand over the building to Weston College as part of its plans to regenerate the town centre.

Weston Civic Society has organised a public meeting to discuss the proposal.

David Turner, the council’s director for development and environment, will give a talk alongside Nick Skyrme, Weston College’s estates and finance advisor.

Civic society secretary David Agassiz said: “The society is appalled that North Somerset Council has chosen to treat its citizens with contempt by making decisions about the Winter Gardens without any form of public consultation.

“Advising people to wait until receipt of a formal planning application is akin to putting the cart before the horse.

“Furthermore, disposal of the freehold of these iconic publicly owned premises on a prime sea front site would be thoroughly irresponsible. “

The meeting will be held on January 15 at 7.30pm at the Blakehay Theatre in Wadham Street.

Entry is free, but donations to the society are welcome.

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