Charnwood House (formerly Hitchin museum) and Thomas Bellamy House (site of the Citizen's Advice Bureau on Bedford Road opposite Christchurch) are seen as surplus to requirements by the council. Campaigners are hoping for a public consultation on their future.
Two of the most historic and attractive buildings in the town centre, the hope is that they won't be lost to public use. Let's not start a list of the buildings allowed to fall by the wayside, but the people of Hitchin seem to be alert when asked their opinion.
Of course, we're not always asked. The Conservatives sold off their club building on Sun Street to Wetherspoons. The fact that this happened after community concerns were upheld about Wetherspoons taking over the old Philpotts building is pure coincidence.
So, if you have an opinion about either of these two historic buildings, do raise it when you are asked.
For more information, read the excellent article in this week's Comet: http://www.thecomet.net/news/uncertainty_over_future_of_two_historic_hitchin_buildings_1_3400292
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