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Let’s budget a little love for the Old Fire Hall in 2016. I know we are not sure what to do with the building, but it is something special and can have a useful future with a little bit of creativity and some investment. There is an expression, “demolition by neglect”. It’s that bit by bit failure to do necessary repairs and maintenance that leads to a building slowly failing and eventually considered derelict. At that stage there is no option but tear it down and put up something new. Let’s not allow that to be the fate of the Old Fire Hall. The building is already is showing the signs of damage that can lead to much more expensive future repairs, or simply demolition.

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