Marlets Hall is being closed to allow for the redevelopment of Burgess Hill Town Centre, by NewRiver. Once complete the new town centre will boast:
Notice has formally been served and NewRiver are working with Places for People Leisure to identify an appropriate time for closure.
Between February and March 2018, local residents were asked to take part in a council-led vote by Burgess Hill Town Council (BHTC) on whether they supported funding the new venue, which was dependent on securing a £5 million loan. With a narrow majority of residents rejecting the increase in council tax to fund the new venue, BHTC is currently reviewing other ways to deliver the project over a longer timeframe.
Alternative venues within the Burgess Hill area have been suggested to each group and Clair Hall in Haywards Heath will also be able to accommodate some of the groups.
Glen Wilkinson, the Leisure Partnership Officer at Mid Sussex District Council, will be happy to help groups identify and move to a new home. You can contact him via email on email@example.com or use the website feedback form to find out further information.
The Town Council commissioned a report that concluded that there could be sufficient demand for a small venue but further work needed to be done, in particular to establish viability. It would be up to BHTC to progress with the findings of any report they have commissioned.
We feel that the regenerated town centre, complete with new anchor tenants in the shopping centre, a new cinema and new eating establishments will attract many more visitors than the current town centre.
Mid Sussex District Council was faced with a tough choice when supporting the town centre regeneration. Cost limitations meant that we could not have a new town centre and an arts/cultural venue. The Council decided that the new town centre, with all the features described above including the number of new jobs it would create, was the better decision for the benefit of Burgess Hill.
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