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Committee rejects “inappropriate and unnecessary” plan for civic gallery at Burntwood Town Council

A number of proposals to revamp the home of Burntwood Town Council have been rejected.

The Old Mining College Centre

Burntwood Town Council’s offices at the Old Mining College Centre

Proposals had been drawn up for a new gallery of former chairmen to be installed after a request from the authority’s new leader, Cllr Norma Bacon.

But a report from the policy and resources committee to a meeting of the council on July 26 revealed that the plans had been ditched.

It said: “The leader outlined her request that the town council recognise its civic history by installing framed photographs of its chairmen for display at the Old Mining College centre.

“Members were of the opinion that it was inappropriate and unnecessary for such a request to be agreed.”

Councillors did suggest an honour’s board could be installed instead.

Cllr Norma Bacon

Cllr Norma Bacon

Meanwhile, Cllr Bacon’s request for a new noticeboard costing almost £1,000 to be erected outside the offices has also been snubbed by the committee.

The report added that it had been refused as “the town council should be looking to utilise social media and its website as much as possible”.

A £55,000 plan to revamp the Old Mining College Centre has also been put on hold.

A refurbishment of the building and the creation of mini-golf course on the lawn was among the ideas floated for the revamp.

But the report revealed councillors had asked the authority to “take a few steps back” and understand what locals wanted from the site first.

A consultation event is now being planned to seek views from residents on the building’s future.

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  1. Concerned Citizen

    20th July, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Well that’s a relief! Now, will Councillor Bacon stand down after proposing such an outdated, outlandish and expensive vanity project? Her credibility is shot to pieces.

  2. Oco

    20th July, 2017 at 10:41 am

    @CC, haha, stand down? She’s trying to get her hubby elected!

  3. Voice of reason

    20th July, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Norma Bacon clearly needs to be removed from office immediately

  4. The Scribbler

    20th July, 2017 at 11:12 am

    It was always a vanity project.
    Now, there’s an idea.
    How about personalised vanity units in the toilets for councillors?!?

  5. Nellygb

    20th July, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Sanity returns to local government after long absence would have made a better headline. If this is the standard of suggested projects this woman has to offer the local elections can’t come soon enough so we can actually have a leader who is neither a dinosaur or so plainly self serving!! Do the right thing Councillor Bacon

  6. Steve

    20th July, 2017 at 11:47 am

    My kids are devastated. A trip to see the photos, were to be the highlight of the summer holiday.

  7. Wilf

    20th July, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Don’t worry Steve as if Norma had got her way only those with their own transport would have got to see the gallery of the great and good…she also wanted to shift the bus stop from outside the office to stop it cluttering up her view!!!!!

  8. Gaynor Robinson

    20th July, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Silly woman

  9. Richard

    20th July, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    The Burntwood Wakes followed by the Burntwood Jokes.