Chester’s MP, Chris Matheson, has urged people from all sides of the debate about the city’s amphitheater to stick to the facts.

Chris said: “There is a lot of misinformation circulating in the public domain and it is making honest debate very difficult. I was under the impression that up until a few weeks ago the plans to renovate Dee House had cross-party support locally. Especially because these plans were proposed by the Conservatives and supported by Labour when the Conservatives were in control of the council. I came back from a trip abroad to find I was being petitioned on an issue outside of my control and harangued on social media for not taking action. That’s why I decided to get a panel of experts and campaigners together and chair this public debate openly and honestly.”

On Tuesday 30th August at 6.30pm, Chris will chair the Big DEEbate at Chester Town Hall. It is an entirely free and public event, but guests will need to register for a ticket on EventBrite.

Chris concluded: “This event is not about a consultation or any official decision-making process – that’s up to our local council. This event is about me ensuring that constituents have an opportunity to question the panel members about their knowledge and opinions so that they can make their own minds up.  I have invited experts from the field of archeology, members of the Chester Growth Partnership and representatives from Marketing Cheshire for the tourism perspective. I have also invited my friend Adam Dandy to come himself or to send someone from the #DigUpDeva campaign. I will be very disappointed if #DigUpDeva don’t take this opportunity to take part, having led such an active campaign online so far.

“I’m looking forward to a good debate, in a ‘Question Time’ style and I hope lots of people come along and get involved.”

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