City bosses unveil redesign
Corporation of Hamilton bosses have agreed to reinstall a reflecting pool within the grounds of City Hall, according to newly released plans.
And the redesign also includes a shaded promenade lined with trees, art displays and more seating.
The fountain was removed last year by the former administration, which claimed that cleaning, maintaining and repairing the feature was a drain on municipality resources. It was left dry after springing a leak, and in March 2012 councillors voted unanimously to permanently fill in the space. There were also concerns about the safety of the pool, with former Mayor Charles Gosling saying he had to intervene on one occasion when he found someone drinking from the pool, which was designed in 1960 by renowned architect Will Onions.
But the Corporation was subsequently inundated with complaints about the controversial move, and said it would make a final decision on how the space should be used following public consultation.
And yesterday Hamilton Mayor Graeme Outerbridge unveiled the proposed new look for the grounds, which include a public fountain.
“I am pleased to share that as a result of public consultation we have a direction for the new look of the front of City Hall,” Mr Outerbridge said.
“During a meeting held recently, concept designs were presented to the City Council. These concepts were approved.
“The concept design calls for fountains to be installed in the front of Hamilton's iconic building. The exciting thing about the fountains is they can be covered when the front of City Hall is needed for events like the City Fashion Festival.
“The front of the building will remain a multi-purpose public space to further enhance and support community events.
“We don't have a budget or start date yet. Once these items, together with the approved plans, are put in place we will share more details.”
The Corporation has come under fire in recent weeks after it was revealed that five of nine elected officials had voted to pay themselves a stipend for attending committee meetings. That vote came after the cash-strapped Corporation had proposed an increase in parking fees within the City in order to increase revenues.