Broseley townspeople were "taking a dim
view" of the possibility of developers taking over the local Victoria Hall, Alderman
T. Wedge declared at last nights meeting of the Towns District Committee.
Later the committee, sitting in private,
decided to raise its offer for the hall in order to beat the developers. It wants the hall
for the town. Alderman Wedge, a Broseley baker and confectioner, said earlier that since
the council had made another offer for the hall last October, it had heard nothing. Then
just before its last meeting there was a strong, rumour that a deal had been completed. In
view of what was going on he had consulted other members of the committee and the town
clerk was asked officially to find out the latest situation from the correspondent to the
The town clerk was told on the telephone,
Alderman Wedge continued, that no contract had, been entered into.
But when the committee received a letter
from the trustees it was disclosed that the developers had raised their offer. The
correspondent to the trustees had been instructed to recommend the Charity Comm to
recommend the Charity Commissioners to except that offer.
The town clerk was instructed to send a letter
to the Charity Commissioners expressing the committees consternation.
A petition had also been organised and sent to
Alderman Wedge believed that the town clerk
would be able to tell members later, in committee, that he had now received a further
letter from the trustees asking If the committee wanted to make a further offer.
He added: "I think the people of this town
are taking a dim view of it, and I hope the petition will make the Charity Commissioners
realise the unrest there is in the town about the whole business."
Mr. Bill Parr, chairman of the
trustees, told the "Shropshire Star": "The future of the Victoria
Hall is the concern of the trustees and the Charity Commissioners and nobody
"The trustees are responsible to the
commissioners and they are at present prepared to get the best return for the hall,"
he added. "The hall is not a sound building and cannot pay its way."
A spokesman for the developers said the
population of Broseley would increase by leaps and bounds in the next five years, and the
town centre development, which envisaged, the acquisition of the hall, would cater for the
The developers said that they had had
outline planning permission for the scheme, which included a civic hall over shops.
Added the spokesman: "If we get final
planning permission from the county, there is nothing that Alderman Wedge and his friends
can do. Their opposition just shows what a retrogressive attitude some people have to
development. The scheme will be of immense benefit to the town and the majority of local
people I know think so too."