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Wiltshire Council provides City Hall update

Wiltshire Council has provided a further update on City Hall, Salisbury

Published 17 July 2023

Wiltshire Council has shared more information about the current status of City Hall, as it continues to plan for the venue's future.

Council Leader Cllr Richard Clewer has sent a briefing to all councillors which outlines more details about the work required to repair City Hall as a result of its recent survey work and the costs involved.

The briefing, sent to all members and town and parish councils, can be found on this page.

In the briefing Cllr Clewer:

  • reiterates that the council remains fully committed to reopening City Hall as an entertainment venue.
  • confirms further details of the recent building survey with repairs outlined which are estimated to cost circa £2m
  • confirms the income received by the NHS when the venue was a vaccination centre would not be enough to cover the estimated repair costs
  • includes a recent email from a senior officer that states that it is recommended the building not be reopened until repairs are carried out. This recommendation was made following a surveyor's instruction that acoustic stress should be kept to an absolute minimum until further investigations had been undertaken.
  • confirms that until the COVID-19 pandemic the venue made an annual loss, and this happened every year since Wiltshire Council was created, so the council is looking at options that represents best value for money for tax payers and gives City Hall the best opportunity to thrive for the long-term

Cllr Richard Clewer, Leader of Wiltshire Council said:

"Following a few recent enquires I thought it would be useful to share some more information on the condition of City Hall which we think provides some context on some of the challenges we're facing.

"I'd like to reiterate that we remain fully committed to reopening City Hall as an entertainment venue. We continue to investigate funding options which could see the existing building enhanced, creating a modern entertainment venue.

"As I said in the briefing, there has been a lot of recent public discussion about City Hall, and it's clear that people are extremely passionate about this venue which has been part of the city's cultural fabric for many years. We all want the same thing - a thriving City Hall that's befitting of Wiltshire's only city. We'll continue to work hard to ensure that happens."

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