The decision came suddenly despite weeks of speculation, no courtesy shown to those involved, no final consultation but not past the time a decision should have been made. Hearing about a decision that was made behind closed doors was not easy and many are shocked that this council would use the Cranbrook and District Arts Council's draft business plan to hide behind in making their decision. Keeping heritage in public ownership is one issue. The Arts Council proposal is another.
There is no doubt this decision is perceived by many to be regressive and damaging to Cranbrook and its reputation.
The story has not ended.