Golden Egg row reaches boiling point
POLITICAL foes refused to budge in a heated row over £60 million regeneration scheme.
Councillors Jeremy Hilton and Nick Durrant traded verbal blows over the King's Quarter and Golden Egg at Thursday's full council meeting.
"This is just abuse," raged Mr Durrant (L, Moreland), after Mr Hilton (LD, Kingsholm and Wotton) asked when the complex will be ready and Golden Egg demolished.
"Oh for God's sake, shut up," replied Mr Hilton.
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Mr Durrant accused Mr Hilton of being "childish", at which point mayor David Brown (LD, Hucclecote) stepped in and asked Mr Hilton to apologise.
"I'm not going to apologise for asking him to be quiet," said Mr Hilton.
The Golden Egg has long been an eyesore and earlier this year council leader Paul James (C, Longlevens) revealed the council offered to buy it and knock it down.
"I will not be a hostage to fortune and give a time scale," said Mr James. "It will be a few years before they are on site and a few years to build it."