Friday, December 22, 2006

Heritage Centre Plan for Old Law Courts

The ill fated RMS Titanic sailed from White Star's Dock in Southampton in April 1912

Southampton Conservatives announced yesterday exciting new proposals to convert the city's moth balled magistrates courts in the Civic Centre into a new heritage centre to celebrate the Story of Southampton and house a new Titanic Exhibition.

The old law courts have laid empty for the past 6 years. In 2008 the Police will out of the Civic Centre. This will leave the whole west wing of the Civic Centre empty.

The city has been searching for a site for it's new heritage centre for many years and a range of plans have had to be scrapped in the past due to difficulty in reaching agreement with partners such as ABP.

If the heritage centre was to sited in the Civic Centre this would mean that delivery of the project whole be soley in the hands of the city council. It would also mean that a fantastic, historic building would be put back into public use after years of neglect.

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