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BIRMINGHAM SEEKS PUBLIC HELP FOR TOWN HALL REPAIRS

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Birmingham City Council has launched a campaign for public donations to help pay the£8.6m bill to renovate the tow...
Birmingham City Council has launched a campaign for public donations to help pay the£8.6m bill to renovate the town hall.

The Birmingham Post (29 March, p3) reported that the council has opened a bank account for donations to save the crumbling the 161-year-old building and transform it into a modern concert venue.

City leaders, under pressure from a 10,000-name petition from residents angry at seeing the building deteriorate, said they would restore the Grade One listed building to its former glory with£2.25m from council coffers,£2.5m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and more than£1m from the public appeal.

This would still leave a shortfall of more than£2m that a council review panel is still looking into. One possibility would be a revised bid to the Arts Council, which turned down an earlier request for£11m.
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