FENLANDER: Help shape plans for Thomas Clarkson CC’s new ‘performance space’

PEOPLE in Wisbech have the chance to help shape the plans for the new “Performance Space” that is being created at Thomas Clarkson Community College.

It is part of the transformation of the college that is currently taking place under the national Building Schools for the Future programme.

It will occupy 230 square metres, providing a 500-seater performance area, rehearsal and changing rooms, an attractive foyer and refreshment facilities. It will be available for community use at competitive rates when the college does not need it.

This week a simple online survey was launched to find out how local people would like to see the space used, including the types and frequency of events. It will also ask how often people would be likely to use it and at what times.

“It is important that this facility meets the needs of the local community to maximise its use,” the survey says Live music and theatre, cinema, dance, comedy and exhibitions are among the events that the survey says could be held there. It also suggests that all or parts of it could be used as a venue for private hire or rehearsals, for meetings or as a caf�. And there is scope for people to put forward their own comments and ideas.

The new college will be in full use from January 2012, with an official opening to follow later in the year. By providing a state-of-the-art facility both for Thomas Clarkson students and the community, the Performance Space is seen as playing an important part in the continuing efforts to regenerate Wisbech and the surrounding area.

Fenland District Council has put in �400,000 of extra funding and �3 million has come from Cambridgeshire County Council.

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• To take part in the survey, visit www.fenland.gov.uk/tcccperformance. It will remain open for 12 weeks, until August 5.

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