To provide feedback from the recent consultation on the Council’s vision to remodel Ferneham Hall and seek approval for amendments to the vision.
The Council’s vision for a remodelled Ferneham Hall was approved by the Executive on 09 July 2018. The vision is a living document and is designed to evolve as more is understood about the needs of the public, hirers and potential operators.
A consultation on the Council’s vision took place between 17 August and 01 October 2018. Whilst most of the vision was widely supported, the proposal to reduce the size of the main auditorium and the provision of a dedicated ‘Dance Studio’ both received a mixed response.
A large proportion of the public and a number of industry experts and potential operators felt that having 800 seats in the main auditorium would attract both more shows and higher quality productions. Many also felt that having a Flexible Studio Space would encourage a greater variety of uses and therefore more bookings than a dedicated Dance Studio.
It is therefore proposed that the vision is updated to include a larger main auditorium and the provision of a Flexible Studio Space.
Decision type: Key
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Notice of proposed decision first published: 02/11/2018
Decision due: 3 Dec 2018 by Executive
Lead member: Executive Member for Leisure and Community
Lead director: Head of Leisure and Corporate Services
Background Papers: AEA Consulting, Ferneham Hall - Updated Operating Financial Model