As an alternative to restoring e LaScala theatre, utilise the former Marks & Spencer Building to provide a community hub/café area.
The café culture in the town is not necessarily suitable for older residents or young families. The hub could include a café, soft play area to attract families & offer events for older residents such as afternoon teas. The closure of Pensioners House has created a void for our older residents.
Include a central meeting place, one stop shop area for town centre services, pop up surgeries and promotional events/consultations.
The use of the M & S building would see a prominent town centre building back in to use. Visitors to the town would see a vibrant community building in use, rather than the current boarded up shop, which does not create a positive impression.
A hub for all ages could help build a more cohesive community, transform an existing, unused significant building and provide a focus for the community directly in the Town Centre.
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