Mike O Brien
Friday 9 August 2002 2.04pm
Regarding City Hall
It would appear the staff themselves don't know who has access to what part of the building.
On the day after it opened (a week before Brenda came to cut the ribbon), I went to the top and down the winding stairs into the debating chamber. Upon walking back to the reception I was told "Oh, you weren't supposed to go into the debating chamber". But there was no-one stopping me from going there!
On the second visit I was told it was closed to the public until after the Royal Opening.
On the third visit, the week after Phil and Madge shook hands with Ken Kanute, I went again. This time, I managed to sneak into a party in the "Living Room" complete with jazz band and canapes.
This time, I took the lift back from the 9th floor to the debating chamber level and walked round the spiral to the cafe below ground. No-one stopped me.
I suggest you keep trying.
Regarding Potter's Fields: does this mean that hopefully the grass section will increase to include the area currently taken by a large and ugly car park?