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erwegoagen
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1 of 28  Tue 3rd Jan 2012 12:52pm  
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What is your opinion of the Proposals for the County Hall to be used as a Restaurant and Bar ? For myself I believe it would give a welcome boost to the Centre of Coventry. When Cathedrals were built initially they were the centre of the Towns; with thriving markets around them. Lincoln I think is a good example of old buildings used for what they were first intended for.. I don't mean rows upon rows of Bars and eateries. but small traders, with a realistic rents... But I don,t thinhk the proposal should be dismissed out of hand.
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Midland Red
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2 of 28  Tue 3rd Jan 2012 1:04pm  
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Far better to be put to some use rather than stand empty or become derelict or vandalised. I have memories of collecting my grandfather's "Freeman's Pension" every other Saturday from County Hall
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morgana
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3 of 28  Tue 3rd Jan 2012 1:07pm  
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Which one hehe LINK Just a shame we don't make any thing here any more to sell and exhibit Coventry wares for tourisum like our ribbons etc from places like this, how many bars are in the town already, I suppose they will do what they will what ever. I prefer the word restaurant than bar Oh my
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TonyS
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4 of 28  Tue 3rd Jan 2012 1:18pm  
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On 3rd Jan 2012 1:07pm, morgana said: Which one hehe LINK
That article is now 12 years old - I think if there was any weight in these claims we might have heard more about it by now?
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morgana
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5 of 28  Tue 3rd Jan 2012 3:38pm  
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On 3rd Jan 2012 1:18pm, TonyS said:
On 3rd Jan 2012 1:07pm, morgana said: Which one hehe LINK
That article is now 12 years old - I think if there was any weight in these claims we might have heard more about it by now?
I am so sorry about it being out of date I did nt realise as I never have a news paper Oh my and only recently passed few years had a pc to keep up with such news. Big grin
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scrutiny
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6 of 28  Tue 3rd Jan 2012 4:27pm  
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Love your humour Morgana,i too have not been with a computer very long but depend heavily on it for news. Half the time i do not know what day of the week it is, lol, and, no i still have my pips. Wink
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morgana
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7 of 28  Tue 3rd Jan 2012 6:13pm  
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On 3rd Jan 2012 4:27pm, scrutiny said: Love your humour Morgana,i too have not been with a computer very long but depend heavily on it for news. Half the time i do not know what day of the week it is, lol, and, no i still have my pips. Wink
Thank you so much Mattash, I m so glad I m not on my own out there now for Coventry humour Big grin I lost my marbles years ago I found it boring to be sane hehe Lol , just don't tell your doctor least they ll cart you away and goes against you if you drive. Oh my
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TonyS
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8 of 28  Tue 3rd Jan 2012 6:55pm  
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I wholeheartedly agree with erwegoagen and Midland Reds opinion. Given the correct tenure I think it would provide a really worthwhile facility.
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PhilipInCoventry
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9 of 28  Wed 4th Jan 2012 12:14am  
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Hi. Does this help? Bar complex plan for historic Coventry city centre hall by Helen Thomas, Coventry TelegraphJan 2 2012 LINK Wave
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morgana
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10 of 28  Wed 4th Jan 2012 9:09am  
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Wave Thank you Philip for the link, Thumbs up I had nt read this as I ve not been too well this past week, I just thought it would be better classed as a restaurant rather than a bar, as not to attract trouble , as the name restaurant does nt attract trouble as bars do, but thats my opinion, really I don't care any more, as I don't use the town and neither do any of my large family any more we venture to other local towns or local retail parks. Smile Wave
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K
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11 of 28  Wed 4th Jan 2012 10:33am  
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H'mm, seems to me that whether a bar or restaurant complex is planned, it's hardly an ideal position for it! Something much more in keeping with the building's status and origin would be a specialist exhibition venue, supplementing the Herbert Art Gallery/Museum with the ability to put on high quality detailed displays about the city's past, or for example, something of the ilk of the Tutankhamun travelling exhibition that was put on last year. Often such things go to cities like Newcastle or Liverpool, yet don't seem to go anywhere near the Midlands. It would also help attract some tourists, could bring in some money, and raise the perceived 'quality' of the city's historical significance. (Can't think of a better way to say what I mean.) Just a quiet musing....
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TonyS
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12 of 28  Wed 4th Jan 2012 11:10am  
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On 4th Jan 2012 10:33am, KeithLeslie said: H'mm, seems to me that whether a bar or restaurant complex is planned, it's hardly an ideal position for it! Something much more in keeping with the building's status and origin would be a specialist exhibition venue, supplementing the Herbert Art Gallery/Museum with the ability to put on high quality detailed displays about the city's past...
An extremely commendable idea Keith, but I see funding for such a project being a potential issue - I think The Herbert would be the first to admit they find it difficult as it is, without another vying for funds from the same purse. I accept that visitor numbers at The Herbert have increased in more recent times, I think they had in excess of 300,000 in the last twelve months, but I would imagine it gets increasingly difficult to sustain. Maybe if it were actually taken over by The Herbert, and they used it as some sort of "annex" - as you say; for specialist displays, that might work. Failing that, Coventry University could always fit it out for student accommodation! Thumbs up
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K
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13 of 28  Wed 4th Jan 2012 11:44am  
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OMG you're sounding like a council accountant!!!! Wink Just seems to me though that whenever - and regardless of where - a building is empty and looking for a use, the first thing that surfaces is a bar or restaurant! Every town and city centre these days is getting overwhelmed with bars and cafes and restaurants, and most are very unlikely to survive for any length of time for two reasons: (a) councils usually demand ridiculously high rates and rents, and (b) excessive competition. Another phenomenon is proliferation of hairdressers, and it's just the same for them. Far too many, so a lot fall by the wayside, then, surprise, surprise, either the premises stand empty, or else - if they're lucky - get used for yet more charity shops. No wonder our town and city centres are shrivelling up! The other proliferation is supermarkets. In our local town we had two. Now with plans afoot, in a town of about 12,000 people we look likely to have at least three more major supermarkets, one not only obliterating the town's football field but also wanting to demolish historic buildings to create access and parking; and they'll get their way, they always do. Our town centre has been dying for years thanks to changes to the town centre that everyone opposed, and now it's set to become a wasteland of just cafes and charity shops and not much else. No doubt claimed to be "progress". It's an issue that touches a very raw nerve with me!
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TonyS
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14 of 28  Wed 4th Jan 2012 11:47am  
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Don't start me off on large supermarkets!
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K
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15 of 28  Wed 4th Jan 2012 11:51am  
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Yeah, well, locals here don't call Norwich Tesco City for nothing! I think the last count was 17 branches in a city of less than 200,000......and more no doubt planned.... Soon be more Tescos in Norwich than medieval churches! (Norfolk has the highest density of medieval churches in the world...)
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