Community unite in support for The Public

Hundreds of community members joined forces at The Public yesterday to demonstrate their support for the West Bromwich arts centre and highlight how valuable a building it is to them.

Since the announcement by Sandwell Council two weeks ago, that they were looking into alternative uses for the building, The Public have been inundated by messages of support from across Sandwell and further afield. LearnPlay Foundation, one of the tenants within the building have launched a campaign, #LoveOurPublic, where members of the community can share their messages of support and sign a petition, which to date has received over 3000 signatures.

You can sign the petition here

Yesterday afternoon, regular users of The Public visited the building to voice their concerns about the Council’s proposals. In attendance were representatives from the fortnightly Tea Dance, a group of digital apprentices from LearnPlay Foundation, together with tenants Carving Careers and Inquisitive Explorers. Members of The Public Knitters group, Sandwell Adult and Family learning student, Michelle Bird, volunteer at The Public, Alan Bennett, Dutch design intern, Tim Mus, local comedian, Laurence Saunders and Grace Mayne from West Bromwich Writer’s Group were also present.

Linda Saunders, Managing Director of The Public said,

“The Public is widely used by so many members of the community for such a diverse range of activities. We’ve been incredibly encouraged and are extremely grateful for the genuine heartfelt messages of support received from across the borough, with so many people sharing with us, why they love The Public so much.”

The Public Opinion

The Public is an essential hub of social interaction and cohesion that offers something new and different that no other Black Country borough, neighbouring shopping centre or the internet can offer. It offers an experience beyond retail as it is a destination for socialising, culture, health, wellbeing, creativity and learning. The Public had 380,000 visitors last year, which can only be good for the local economy. If the Public is lost, what will set West Bromwich apart from neighbouring town centres? What will encourage people to visit West Bromwich? A supermarket, a cinema, a college, a town hall? Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton have all four. The Public sets West Bromwich apart and as it grows from strength to strength will require less subsidy. The Public is essential for the socio-economic future of West Bromwich town centre.

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