July 12, 2012 Burton Mail by ALEX WAINWRIGHT
A COUNCIL committee scrutinising proposals to transform Burton’s historic Market Hall into an evening entertainment venue is divided over the merits of the plan, the Mail can reveal.
The £1.54 million scheme involves turning the indoor market into a centre for retailers during the day and a music, cinema and entertainment venue at night.
However, the idea met with a mixed reaction at a meeting of East Staffordshire Borough Council’s scrutiny committee, with some councillors highly critical of the proposal.
Bill Ganley, who represents Shobnall on the borough council, was one of the plan’s opponents and said he was doubtful a new venue would attract enough people into the town to justify the expense and disruption involved.
He said: “I don’t know how or where you’re going to get people from — people don’t go into Burton.”
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