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Old Mining College Centre u-turn hailed as a victory for common sense

A u-turn on plans to rename the Old Mining College Centre in Burntwood is a “common sense” decision, according to a local Labour councillor.

The Old Mining College Centre

The Old Mining College Centre

Burntwood Town Council has confirmed proposals to rename the Queen Street building as Burntwood Town Hall have been ditched completely.

There had been pressure from local groups as well as local councillors.

Cllr Diane Evans

Cllr Diane Evans

Labour representative Diane Evans said the backlash to the idea had sent a clear message to the controlling Conservative group.

“I am glad that common sense has prevailed,” she said. “It is about time the Tories on Burntwood Town Council – especially the leader Cllr Richard Mosson and deputies Cllr Heather Tranter and Cllr Richard Bamborough – learn and realise that they cannot impose their views on such issues on the community and other councillors without consultation and discussion.

“They need to learn that knee jerk reactions do not work and communication is the key.”

The Edwardian red-brick building was built in 1912 as a training centre for pit apprentices.

Lichfield District Council took over the running of the site in 1998, but it has since been taken on by Burntwood Town Council and will become the authority’s new home.

Cllr Evans added: “I am delighted that hard work from the public, via the online petition and continual pressure from the Labour Group on Burntwood Town Council, have made the Conservative leadership see common sense.

“In future, the Tory Group need to think carefully before they act, but at the moment they do not appear to be learning from their mistakes.”

Burntwood Town Council said feedback had led to the decision not press ahead with the name change.

A spokesperson explained: “Given the strength of feeling already expressed by the tenants, user groups and local residents against the proposed name change, we have withdrawn any proposal to rename the Old Mining College Centre.

“The building will continue to operate under its current name forward.”

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