Cirencester's Old Memorial Hospital falls victim to vandalism
5:01pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
ONE of Cirencester’s most recognisable landmarks has been subjected to mindless vandalism.
The Old Memorial Hospital in Sheep Street has been attacked with paint and had a number of its doors kicked in by vandals.
The hospital has been standing empty ever since the former tenants were told to leave following Cotswold District Council’s decision to sell the off the building earlier this year.
Speaking about the vandalism at the building, Cirencester mayor Joe Harris said: “It’s disgraceful really. It’s really sad that somebody would do this, hopefully the CCTV will catch whoever did it.”
The Memorial Hospital was one of the town’s most famous institutions including the Living Memory Historical Association and the Cirencester Cyber Cafe.
The Standard has been made aware of unconfirmed reports that a doctor’s surgery was ready to move into the building however no such plan has ever come to fruition.
Concerning the building’s future, a spokesman for CDC said: “We're still holding discussions with a third party about the site and we are unable to comment any further at the moment.”
Cllr Harris said: “CDC was really quick to evict people, it seems so sad to see it empty.
“I want it to be used for community purposes, something like a youth club. Something that the whole community could benefit from.”
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