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Cash boost for Skipton Town Hall

Cash boost for Skipton Town Hall

Published at 11:15am 12th February 2016. (Updated at 11:32am 12th February 2016)

Arts Council England has handed over £250,000 to help create a high-quality multi-use and theatre space at Skipton Town Hall.

Craven District Council, which owns and manages the building, is planning to develop the venue into a cultural hub.

Last year, the authority commissioned a feasibility study for the restoration of the Concert Hall.

It recommended improvements including a new lighting and sound system, an infrared assisted listening system for the hearing impaired and a removable vinyl dance floor.

Councillor Simon Myers, Craven District Council's Lead Member for Enterprising Craven, said: "It is fantastic news that the Arts Council has granted us this funding, which will allow us to realise our ambitions for this historic building.

"We have exciting plans for the future and this work will be instrumental in fulfilling those plans - with proposals including new lighting and sound systems, digital projection broadcasting equipment, blackouts and secondary glazed windows, we will be able to vastly improve the quality of our arts programming."

Michelle Dickson, Director North, Arts Council England, added: "I'm pleased that we have been able to help fund the refurbishment of Skipton Town Hall's Concert Hall.

"The development will help it realise its ambitious plans to develop the venue into a cultural hub benefiting both performers and audiences, serving the surrounding rural population both at the Hall and through the digital streaming of performances. The award will also help the Town Hall ensure its ongoing resilience."

The council will now draw up plans for the work to take place throughout 2016 and 2017, enabling the venue to deliver its new arts programme.