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CONSERVATIVES have called on Southend Council to take control of the Kursaal building and turn it into a museum.
The Tory group has submitted a motion to full council on Thursday, October 24, calling for the museum to become the permanent home of the so-called ‘Prittlewell Prince’.
The ‘Prittlewell Prince’ was the name given to remains unearthed near an Aldi supermarket in 2003, which experts believe may have belonged to an Anglo-Saxon prince.
The Conservatives’ motion – signed by all members of the group – states: “The iconic nature and position of the Kursaal on the seafront, and its current situation, means it is understandably the subject of speculation and discussion.”
The group said the future of the listed building was ‘in doubt’ after its bowling alley and leisure area closed down in April of this year – the third closure in four months.
The council owns the freehold on the building but has leased it to another party.
The Tory motion calls on the council to ‘acquire back the lease’ and ‘make the Kursaal the permanent home for the Prittlewell Prince’.
*The motion has been submitted ahead of this week’s full council meeting.
It will be automatically referred to cabinet, which will discuss it and make a decision. If councillors are unhappy with the decision, they can call it to scrutiny.