Public backing for Bradford on Avon hall revamp

This Is Wiltshire: Architect Kevin Murphy, left, with hall users Phil Courage of The Bradfordians, John Holmes of the Film Society, Bruce Hersee of Bradford on Avon Lions and Gill Winfield of Save the Children Architect Kevin Murphy, left, with hall users Phil Courage of The Bradfordians, John Holmes of the Film Society, Bruce Hersee of Bradford on Avon Lions and Gill Winfield of Save the Children

Plans for a £658,000 renovation of St Margaret’s Hall in Bradford on Avon went on public display at the venue.

During the afternoon event, last Tuesday, town councillors and architects talked residents through the proposed improvements, due to be carried out between April and December next year.

They include the removal of the existing stage, a new changing area, raised retractable seating for 200 people, a mezzanine level, a wheelchair ramp and better ventilation and lighting.

An estimated 100 people attended the consultation and where asked for feedback.

Mayor John Potter said: “It will bring in touring shows and offer a venue to aspiring bands. The improvements tare sure to bring in more tonnes more people, which will boost the town’s shops and restaurants.”

Cllr Potter said 100 per cent of the feedback was in favour of the project, which was launched when it was realised the roof needed repairing.

Councillor Vicky Landell Mills said: “Residents have responded well, raising some sensible questions, and we’ll take on board what has been said and see if we need to make minor amendments.”

The council has £420,000 in rolling capital funds, as well as £48,000 in the St Margaret’s Hall maintenance budget, and a loan from the Public Works Loan Board. Funds could also come from hall users.

The Bradfordians Dramatic Group has offered to part-fund stage lighting and the Film Society found funding for a new screen and offered money towards an acoustic treatment.

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