St John's Hall to get millions
A COMMITMENT to Penzance will see Cornwall Council pump millions of pounds into saving a town landmark.
The Cabinet yesterday unanimously backed plans to redevelop St John's Hall and use it to deliver council services.
The decision will safeguard the listed building's future.
"We have to show the people of Penzance that our commitment is to keep services in the area," said Carolyn Rule, portfolio-holder for health, wellbeing and people and economy and regeneration.
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The grand plans will see £5.6 million ploughed into revamping the granite building and also bring the town's library, One Stop Shop and registration office under one roof.
Other council assets, including the "inefficient" St Clare, will either be sold or disposed of to help fund the project.
Council leader Jim Currie thanked the people of Penzance "for being so positive to developments in the town".
Cabinet members said they hoped St John's Hall would become the hub of the town.
"This will bring people earning professional salaries into the town centre and into a building that has long been regarded as the civic centre of Penzance," said Bert Biscoe, portfolio-holder for transport, highways and environment.
"It will also boost the economy of Penzance and enable us to engage more clearly with the community." Work should be carried out in 2014-15.