You must be out of your minds
A TOTAL of £44 million to transform Colston Hall? Are Councillor Simon Cook and The Post out of their tiny minds to even consider this huge amount of money on a theatre? They must be having a laugh – surely not.
Here we are, Joe Public struggling to make ends meet, shortage of suitable housing, no jobs, and our highways in a mess, and these people are thinking of spending this money on something which only the upper and middle classes tend you use.
Besides where do these people get their figures from, I would like to know. Just three years ago, the concert hall's new foyer opened at the cost of £20 million.
Now don't tell me that the council did not know how supposedly bad the auditorium was at the time, and would it not have been prudent to have spent the money on that rather than the foyer which does little of nothing other than bookings etc.
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Besides, over the past five years the Arts Council has received £3 billion from government.
The Arts and Sports Councils are adequately catered for, and mostly to the expense of such items as historic ships which has little or no funding at all.
Surely, this valuable site should be considered for selling off to a property developer and the money used to build a new theatre with adequate parking near the railway station, which in my view would be cheaper and more cost affective than trying to renovate this clapped out building which is now not fit for purpose.
I know this will have the theatre goers up in arms, but money is precious in these hard pressed times, and we have to cut our cloth to suit and look for cheaper remedies.
WHY spend money on something that is not fit for purpose?
Sell it for a supermarket and use the money to build a 21st century arena, not a 2,000 seat shed.
I am fed up with having to go out of town to see big name stars and shows.
Bristol is again in the dark ages.