There was much debate about the Colonnade at last week’s meeting of the full council (February 26).
Following a question from a member of the public, not satisfactorily answered, we were treated to a potted history covering failed businesses, the £2.3 million makeover and the persistent problem of water ingress.
As I sat there watching and listening to the proceedings, it struck me more than ever how much we needed a town council.
None of the main speakers were from Bexhill, yet here they were committing more funding to what is rapidly becoming a white elephant, if it is not one already. Indeed, it is worth speculating whether a town council would be so enamoured with the Colonnade.
Half-jokingly, I suggested that we sell the Colonnade for £100 million and let some developer solve the problem for us! At least we would get some return for the millions that have been poured into a bottomless pit.
Either that, or demolish it.
Just one more thing. As a result of forthcoming withdrawal of government funding for local authorities, the council has approved borrowing of £35 million over 40-50 years. At the previous cabinet meeting, there was an amusing side to this when one councillor seemed aghast that a Conservative council should be borrowing at all!
Ironic, when you consider it is her own party which has unleashed neoliberalism on us, like a plague of locusts, for whom borrowing is a way of life.
Much more seriously, is the implication for a future town council. Simply put – how much of this £35 million (plus interest) would be borne by Bexhill?
Of course, in 40-50 years time, the effect of climate change and oil depletion will have radically changed the situation. Perhaps we should be putting all our resources into sea defences?
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