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PROGRESS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CULTURAL QUARTER

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You can have your say here or further down the page.

In response to community demand (read the full facts here), a group of community representatives and Town Councillors are developing a project to create a new, flexible community and performing arts centre. A centre that is fit for Burgess Hill’s needs in the 21st Century and compliments the other venues around the town. You can view the consultation images here or download full presentation here.

The new community and performance venue is estimated to cost £6.9 million to build and Burgess Hill Town Council is planning to raise this money through a combination of developer contributions, fundraising, grants, Council reserves and a loan via the Public Works Loan Board.

The project is dependent on securing a loan of £5 million and we need your approval to apply for this core funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The loan of £5 million will be at a preferential fixed rate of interest and repaid over a period of up to 50 years with annual loan repayments, including interest, of around £190,000.

These repayments will be funded through Burgess Hill Town Council’s element of the Council Tax (Precept budget). The overall increase in the Town Council’s Council Tax will be 9.9% in 2018/19 and 7.7% in 2019/20 and is the equivalent to an increase in cost to residents, for a Band D property, of £7.03 in 2018/19 with a further increase of around £5.97 in 2019/20. The total increase over the 2 years equates to £13.00, of which, £11.87 will go towards the repayment of the loan.

These rises, in total, equate to just over £1 per month and will remain for the period of the loan and include the normal running costs of the Town Council for the next 2 years.

DO YOU SUPPORT THE FUNDING PLAN FOR THE NEW COMMUNITY AND PERFORMANCE VENUE?

HAVE YOUR SAY by completing the  OR by downloading and printing a PDF copy (to post, email to newperformancevenue.gov.uk or deliver in person) OR via the A4 flyer being delivered to your home shortly.  CONSULTATION ENDS 9TH MARCH 2018

PLEASE NOTE, DUPLICATE VOTES FROM THE SAME PERSON WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

IF YOU REGISTERED YOUR VIEWS AT THE CONSULTATION IN NOVEMBER 2017, YOU WILL NEED STILL TO COMPLETE THIS QUESTIONNAIRE.

This data will be collated by Burgess Hill Town Council and will be reviewed only in the context of developing a performance venue and will not be shared with any other parties. A summary of all views from all respondents will be shared with the Ministery of House, Communities and Local Government in regard to seeking loan approval. Your data will only be kept for the length of time the project is in development.

 


PAST COMMUNICATIONS
 

 

NEW COMMUNITY & PERFORMANCE VENUE

It was great to see so many residents attend the public consultation sessions at St John's Church on Thursday 23rd November 2017. The presentation by Colliers International and the Town Council explained proposed plans for a new flexible community and performance venue in Burgess Hill. The public consultation provided an opportunity to ask questions and give feedback, however if you were unable to attend the sessions you can still have your say by emailing NewPerformanceVenue@burgesshill.gov.uk.  You can view the consultation images here or download full presentation here.  A wooden model of the proposed venue is in the Town Council's Help Point.
 
Cultural Quarter (shown in blue)
 
The BackgroundCultural Quarter (shown in blue)

As promised at the last Annual Town Meeting held in April 2017, an action group of community representatives and town council Members is getting on with the job of developing the Burgess Hill Cultural Quarter, as outlined in the Neighbourhood Plan.

Central to this is the creation of a new, flexible community and performing arts centre. A centre that is fit for the Town’s needs in the 21st Century and fits with the other venues around the town in providing Burgess Hill with a complete range of sites that are suitable for just about every local need.

Both the studies completed by the Town Council and the remonstrations of residents make it clear there is strong support for a such a centre in Burgess Hill.

At the April Annual Town Meeting, David Clarke, head of DCA Consulting, further demonstrated the desire for a new community arts facility in the town centre.
Importantly, he went on to outline the cost of building and sustaining it.

Following the report from DCA Consulting, a site for the new centre, covering the footprint of the Royal British Legion (RBL) Building in Cyprus Road and Cyprus Hall has been identified. Whilst the RBL Building would need to be demolished to facilitate the new centre, it is almost certain the Cyprus Hall facility can be maintained intact, enveloped in an exciting new complex. 

The Current Situation

Building on the work done by DCA Consulting, the project to develop the new community and performing arts centre now enters a new and exciting stage, one that will: -

1. Confirm how much it will cost.

2. Determine its likely internal and external architecture.

3. Establish the engineering and technology that will be used to manage the building and make it flexible enough for multiple uses well into the future.

To answer these questions the action group has, after a careful selection process, enlisted the professional help of Colliers International, who have an impressive list of achievements in this field, including the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and Storyhouse in Chester.

Together with Colliers, to ensure we get things right at this stage, we want to gather as much feedback as we can across Burgess Hill, not just from key potential user groups but from every member of our community in Burgess Hill.  No matter how old or young you are, please tell us what would you like from a new town centre venue and how would you like to see it delivered?
 
 
The Future                                   

As the project for Burgess Hill’s New Community and Performance Centre progresses, we will keep you updated via this website and the Town Council's social media:

 

 

 

 

To have your say, there will be an open forum at St John’s Church, Burgess Hill on Thursday 23rd November 2017. The forum will be divided into three sessions as detailed below:

11.00 am to 12.30 pm, 

4.30 pm to 6.00 pm 

7.30 pm to 9.00 pm
 
There is no need to book, just arrive for the beginning of a session which will comprise of a presentation followed by opportunities for questions and discussion.

You can also give us your views and ideas by emailing us at NewPerformanceVenue@burgesshill.gov.uk