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Residents back concert hall, but council not so sure

22 September 2013
Would you favour a concert hall in Maidstone

Would you favour a concert hall in Maidstone?

Last week, the Kent Messenger reported how an ideas workshop led to an overwhelming vote in favour of a concert hall next to the River Medway at Lockmeadow. Cllr David Pickett (Lib Dem), a fan of the arts, said he wanted to see it become a reality, with the help of cross-party support from fellow councillors on Maidstone council.

The concept has attracted support from people in the town. Among them is David Wright, director of Arts Architecture International Ltd at Turkey Mill, who said: “I was very interested to see the front page of the Kent Messenger last Friday.

“I am an architect who has specialised in performing arts buildings from the outset of my career 30 years ago. I have also been a keen concert-goer and amateur musician for many years, and play with various bands under the auspices of Kent Music.

“As a resident of Maidstone for the last six years, I am only too aware of the profound lack of good musical performance facilities in west and north Kent.

“The County Town should be able to do better than Mote Hall, sterling service though it has given over the years.

“I would very much like to help the initiative in any way I can.”

Reader Pat Capeling said: “When I think of all the money spent on the High Street and a wonderful river front I have to go to Canterbury and elsewhere to see really good shows. So wake up council and private investors – make this happen.”

Another, Richard Stutely, said he remembered once seeing plans for a new civic centre, concert hall and theatre on a site by the river put forward in the 1930s.

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