AMBITIOUS plans to transform a 120-year-old community building have taken a step forward.
A £15m program to refurbish Bexhill Town Hall and build a new civic center has come a step closer to reality after Rother District Council submitted proposals to the local planning authority.
A council spokesman said City Hall is an “important asset of historical importance” to Rother and the planned renovation will preserve and restore its historical “beauty”.
While the three-story extension of the civic center will accommodate new businesses, as well as “modern” and “efficient” meeting areas, a public café and a landscaped courtyard.
According to the council, the program will be self-financing and will be completed at no additional cost to Rother’s taxpayers.
Income from the new development is to be generated by renting out the additional office space, and the City Hall refurbishment is intended to save “significant” energy and maintenance costs, which together will be used to repay the loan required for the construction.
City Hall is one of the largest contributors to the municipality’s carbon footprint due to its age, and it is expected that the new development could reduce the agency’s energy use by up to 80 percent.
A six-week online engagement with the program began on Monday, August 15, encouraging the public to review the proposal and provide their feedback.
Feedback from the engagement process will be monitored and reviewed by a small working group of Council members before being presented to the Council’s Review and Audit Committee, Cabinet and full Council in October.
Councilor Doug Oliver, Chair of Rother District Council, said: “The proposed redevelopment of Town Hall and the construction of a new civic center will bring tremendous benefits to Bexhill and the Rother district as a whole.
“Rother District Council is committed to ensuring that every penny of council tax goes towards providing the best possible services to residents. That means not spending huge amounts every year on energy and maintenance for a building that doesn’t serve its purpose.
“The project will support economic growth in the city center through the development of new central workplaces, improved pedestrian access and space for new commercial tenants, helping to realize the full potential of the area as a place where people want to live, work and be based.
“We want to ensure that the public has ample opportunity to express their views throughout the program and I encourage everyone to look at the proposal and provide their feedback.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20713626.rother-district-council-submits-plans-bexhill-town-hall-revamp/?ref=rss Rother Borough Council submits plans for redevelopment of Bexhill Town Hall