Councillors approve £4.4m Perth City Hall demolition
November 16 2011
The imposing building, built in 1911, has lain empty for the past five years since the Council constructed a new concert venue.
In order to justify the bill to taxpayers officers have quoted statistics from consultants hired by the council of an additional spend per person per visit of £23 - projected from an assumed increase in visitor numbers and stay lengths.
They also argue that swinging a wrecking ball onto the baroque edifice will open up vistas to St John’s Kirk and neighbouring buildings whilst providing valuable open space.
Opponents argue that demolition will be expensive, unsustainable, contrary to planning policy, detract from the conservation area, and result in the loss of an important landmark building.
The report stated: “The Council believes provision of commercial/retail or cultural uses through re-use of the City Hall will deliver less net benefit to the economy and community given higher development and operational costs.”
Final go ahead for the demolition now rests with the Scottish Government, who will base their decision on a recommendation from Historic Scotland.
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