Town Hall Refurbishment Plans Put On Show

Plans to refurbish the Town Hall public performance area went on display yesterday.

Around 40 people took part in the two sessions, the morning one being held at the same time as the local produce market.

Director of Planning and Economic Development, Craig Dryden, told us the building is looking very tired and needs some cosmetic and repair work. He said it’s so well used by the community that the Council is committed to improve the space.

Proposed works include refurbishing the toilets, providing a green room behind stage and a new kitchen.

Craig said the hall used to host bands and discos but following complaints about noise, they decided to stop these. Craig said one option could be to improve the noise insulation so more varied events can take place.

They’re also considering putting in fold-away seating to improve audience views of the stage.

One possibility is also to restore the ceiling space, including the original wrought iron and wood rafters in the Grade II Listed building.

But Craig said the improvements will depend on being able to get funds.

Today, they’ll be doing a more detailed consultation with the key user groups including the Theatre Club, The Entertainers and organisers of the RNLI craft fair.