Roundhouse Public Consultation

OD4A2731One of our heritage buildings is to be given a new lease of life and smartened up to how  it should appear. The Roundhouse is situated alongside the BCN Mainline Canal at the corner of St Vincent Street and Sheepcote Street. It’s an interesting building and has a distinctive horseshoe shape. It was built in the 1870s for the London & North Western Railway as a mineral and coal wharf on the canal.

This is next door to the Fiddle & Bone pub which has been closed for 11 years but there are advanced plans for it to be redeveloped later this year.

The Canal and River Trust, partnered by The National Trust, is asking the public for ideas on how to use the Roundhouse.

After the rather chequered history of the Fiddle and Bone it is very important that local residents give their “would like” and equally their “wouldn’t like” ideas on use of the premises. You can do this by visiting the CRT website and viewing the Consultation Document in which you can find some suggestions to fuel your thoughts.

On the final page there is a Questions to consider feature to help you arrive at and give your opinions in a structured way. I’ve copied this section below to show how easy it could be to take part.

Questions to consider
1. What do you think is important and special about the
Roundhouse?
2. What do you think about the big idea? What are the most
important aspects for you?
3. Is this something you or your organisation could be involved
in?
4. What do you think about our initial ideas on audiences, uses
and activities?
5. Do you know of any opportunities that we could link to the
Roundhouse?

This is definitely something  city residents need to get involved with. It could enhance the local lifestyle and desirability of the city as a place to live. But the wrong use of the building could do just the opposite.

To give your views:
Contact: Jo Dimitri, Project Manager
email: jo.dimitri@nationaltrust.org.uk
mobile: 07795 316900

Geoff Caine

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