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A NEW COMMUNITY & PERFORMANCE VENUE FOR BURGESS HILL

 
 
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 venue 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 such a venue in Burgess Hill.
 
Following a report from DCA Consulting, who presented their findings at the Town Council’s Annual Town Meeting in April 2017, 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.  
 
Building on the work done by DCA Consulting, the project to develop the new community and performing arts venue 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 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, 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?
 
To have your say, there will be an open forum at St John’s Church, Burgess Hill on Thursday 23 November.  The forum will be divided into three session: -
1.         11.00am to 12.30pm
2.         4.30pm to 6.00pm
3.         7.30 pm to 9.00pm
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 
 
As the project for Burgess Hill’s New Community and Performance Venue progresses, we will keep you updated via the town council’s website www.burgesshill.gov.uk/culturalquarter and social media:
www.facebook.com/BurgessHillTownCouncil 
www.twitter.com/BurgessHillTC 
www.instagram.com/burgesshilltowncouncil