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Burgess Hill Town Council has received two boosts to its plans to provide a new flexible community and performance venue for the town.

Firstly Dame Vera Lynn has agreed to be a Patron for the project.

Secondly the Public Works Loan Board has approved a £3 million loan towards the cost of demolishing the existing Royal British Legion building in Cyprus Road and construction of this facility on the site.

The total cost of the project is £5 million and a professional fundraiser has been appointed to raise the extra £2 million needed. Greenwoods has been appointed project manager and quantity surveyor and Aedas has been appointed architect for the project.

The design will be flexible to allow for a wide variety of use of the building. It will have retractable raked seating for 250 people so the hall can be used for performances as well as dances, banquets, conferences and other events. The building will also have meeting and rehearsal rooms, exhibition space, a café and a bar.

A planning application will be submitted in early 2019 and depending on progress in raising the remaining funds it is hoped the building will be completed in 2020. 
Leader of Burgess Hill Town Council, Cllr Pru Moore was delighted and said: “This is fantastic news for everyone who has supported our vision.”