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Ask Cheltenham: Re-imagining Your Town Hall Public engagement now open
The public are being invited to have their say in the redevelopment of Cheltenham’s iconic town hall.
Discussions about how the hall can fulfil its full potential, opening it up to new audiences and future generations, are underway. Now Cheltenham Borough Council, which owns the building, and the Cheltenham Trust, which manages it, want to hear from as many people as possible about what they would like to see in these plans.
A survey has been launched online and hard copies are available on request or can be collected from various locations around town.*
In 2015, redevelopment of Cheltenham Town Hall was announced top of the town’s wish list, following a public exercise led by the council.
Cheltenham Borough Council has committed £2.4 million of capital money towards the project which is enabling a detailed plan for the hall’s redevelopment to be worked up. This will then be used to help secure further funding towards the total cost of the project. As part of this first phase, the public is being asked to complete a survey asking for their ideas and preferences.
The plans will take into account modernising the building to make it fit for purpose for a wider range of activities while respecting the listed and heritage status and conservation requirements of both the building and Imperial Gardens.
Options that are being considered will take into account the hall’s role as a visitor attraction, a performance venue, a community arts space and a place used by hirers for a range of private functions.
Cllr Flo Clucas, cabinet member for healthy lifestyles at Cheltenham Borough Council, says: “The Town Hall, belongs to the people of Cheltenham which is why we want to engage with as many people as possible to get their feedback.
“We want it to be a place for everyone and for it to be as open, welcoming, creative and as enjoyable as it can be for existing and new users both in the town and further afield. This is a building steeped in heritage and it provides a stunning backdrop whether as a performance venue or a corporate function space.”
Julie Finch, chief executive of the Cheltenham Trust, adds: “Cheltenham is well established in terms of its cultural offering but there is always more work to be done to engage with new and different audiences and capture the imagination of the next generation. This is a real opportunity to develop a distinctive destination venue and to attract significant funding from a wide range of organisations to inject new life into the Hall.
“We are urging as many people as possible to have their say and help deliver this vision with us.”
To have your say, please complete the survey online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/askcheltenham by 27 November or request a hard copy by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to The Communications Team, Municipal Offices, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 9SA.
All feedback will be taken into consideration before an open meeting at the Town Hall early next year at which options for moving forward will be presented and discussed.
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