HORSHAM Rural City councillor Gary Bird believes council should not take short cuts with the Horsham Town Hall and Horsham Regional Art Gallery redevelopment.

Cr Bird told council he was disgusted to read in project control group meeting minutes that consultants had suggested leaving a cooling system out to cut costs.

The minutes stated that the project control group was not in favour of deleting a cooling system from its cost plan.

But Cr Bird said consultants, particularly architects, did not care about Horsham.

“They just care about winning awards,” he said.

“We need to make sure that council makes the right decisions.

“If we have to prune the project back to save costs, then we should, but let’s not take out essentials.

“There are little things the architects can do aesthetically to save costs.”

Cr Bird said Horsham Town Hall was freezing cold in winter and stinking hot in summer and needed a new heating and cooling system.

“When the hall was built it was probably the best thing available, but now it’s not,” he said.

“It’s all very well to say ‘leave the cooling out, we’ll do it later’.

“But later might not come.

“We might not have the money to install things later.”

Project control group member Cr David Grimble said the redevelopment needed to deliver what the community required, within budget.

“We have a long way to go and have a costings plan, but I do agree with Gary,” he said.

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