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design had included some security measures such as motor cycle barriers and thinning works to the boundary tree line. Funding was currently not available for the installation of motor cycle barriers, however it was being investigated as it was seen to be an important preventative measure for the site.

The Board was informed that football pitches and lighting could not be funded by Playbuilder and that Durham County Council would be responsible for the inspection of the play equipment and grass cutting in the Park.

Arts Resource Centre Katy Banner, Durham County Council Leisure Services attended the meeting to give a presentation on the Arts Resource Centre.

It was explained that detailed research by Arts UK in 2004 and 2005 had identified a gap in arts provision within the former Sedgefield Borough area which could be filled by the development of an Arts Resource within Spennymoor Leisure Centre.

The vision of the project was to respond to community needs by providing an innovative programme of performance, education and participation.

The Arts Resource Centre would have the potential to attract audiences and participants from a wide catchment area and would contribute to the regeneration of the Town Centre. The Centre had a sustainable long term business plan with revenue support already in place.

Officers had and would continue to work closely with ONE North East to secure investment for the facility. A further application was to be submitted for funding for the landscaping works.

The Board’s attention was drawn to the layout plan for the facility which included an artist studio, exhibition foyer, bar/café, digital art facilities, theatre and education space.

With regard to the programming of events at the Centre, it was intended that officers would look to fill in the gaps in the market, for example circus skills, skate boarding, steel bands and would involve the AAP Board in drawing up the programme (this would be part of the work undertaken of the Town Centre Regeneration Task & Finish Group).

Specific reference was made to the entrance to the Centre. It was noted that officers had investigated the possibility of creating an entrance to the Centre in the bar area but had not proceeded owing to the limited amount of funding available.


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