Designs for a £1.5m facelift at Kirkgate are under fire
Last updated at 20:46, Thursday, 29 March 2012
£1.5 MILLION plans to transform Cockermouth’s Kirkgate Centre have attracted criticism from the town’s civic trust and some councillors.
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I find Jonty Chippendale's obsession with the Kirkgate cafe and busines model odd. The cafe is not seen as a money spinner per se but as an added facility for the Centre's users. To dismiss it as another coffee shop is plain daft. However, at least Mr Chippendale is good enough to reveal his identity clearly and not rely on an apparent pseudonym or, at best, part of a name, as does 'Delia', whose comment seems redolent more of sour grapes than 'low fat spread'.
I approve of the design. Thank goodness the Kirkgate has vision otherwise the area will be stuck in some time warp. People need to accept change. This is positive and from a worthwhile local group who give their time freely without profit as their motive. Delia needs to stick to her home cooking and not aspire to michelin star design.
I wish the design for the Kirkgate was a little more cutting edge. I wish it looked less like something bought off the shelf at B&Q. But most of all I wish the design was not based on a flawed business model that sees a fully staffed cafe as a money spinner rather than the liability it will unfortunately become. The Kirkgate is an Arts centre and theatre. Where is the better stage and auditorium, the better Film projection facilities, the better Artist's dressing rooms and a Foyer that creates a sense of theatre. Another Coffee shop in Market place is not the answer.