Councillor Peter McDonald spoke this week about the former Market Hall site, Peter said “Time and time again Bromsgrove’s public have been given promises of a Cinema, restaurants and a drive through on the Market Hall site since the market hall’s demolition some ten years ago.
The Council has had ten years to deliver those promises but they have never materialised. Instead we have had a Council that has thrown good money after bad on three developers.
In that time the people of Bromsgrove have lost revenue from a Market Hall that was only fifteen years old and cost £500,000 to build generated. Spent £25,000 on its demolition and £500,000 in acquiring George House, as it was argued it was required to make the site viable. The cost of security and loss of income from the carpark that adjoined the Market Hall: all in all over ten years it has cost the people of Bromsgrove in excess of £2m.
But lessons have not been learnt with the Council trying a fourth time, by proposing to spend between £200,000 and £300,000 on the site so it can be used by pop-ups while they look for another developer for the site.
To make a mistake once can happen to make the same mistake twice is incompetence and a third time gross incompetence, to attempt a fourth time is a sign of insanity. That is why we will be calling upon the controlling group at the full council to make the pop-ups a permanent feature and not pour anymore of council taxpayers money down the drain in obtaining a further developer.”