Derbyshire County Councillors Damien Greenhalgh, Ellie Wilcox and Dave Wilcox have provided the Victoria Arts Centre Project with £12,000 of funding from their Members Community Leadership Fund to aid a feasibility study into a new multi-million-pound arts centre for the town.
Victoria Arts Centre Project Team Leader, Mike Bull, said ‘This is a great opportunity for us to conduct a robust feasibility study and building survey to test the business case for an arts and performance centre in the Victoria Hall. Once the case is made, we can then contact major funding organisations such as the Heritage Lottery Fund. So this £12,000 really is vital.’
As the County Council’s Library Service will be vacating the Victoria Hall in March 2018, moving into a new purpose-built extension in the adjacent Adult Education Centre, Councillor Greenhalgh, who is also a High Peak Borough Councillor, stated ‘it is very important that both Derbyshire County Council, as the current occupants of the Victoria Hall, and High Peak Borough Council, as the building owners, work together to secure a future for the Victoria Hall. As local councillors, we absolutely realise how important this building is to local people and we are keen to see this new and exciting phase materialise.’
Tony Wright, Chairman of the Glossop Heritage Trust, who have agreed to hold the funds on behalf of the Victoria Arts Centre Project, added ‘Not only is the Glossop Heritage Trust involved in the history of the Victoria Hall, it is also keen to be a part of its future. 30 July this year marks the 130th anniversary of the laying of its foundation stone and the Trust wants this important, even iconic, building kept open so that future generations have the opportunity to experience the building, which is an integral part of Glossop’s heritage.’
‘It’s a very exciting prospect for the town,’ added Mike Bull, ‘the creative talent here is overwhelming and it would be fabulous to have space dedicated to showcasing this talent, whilst also inspiring others to develop their musical, performance and artistic skills. I would very much like to thank Derbyshire County Council and Glossop Heritage Trust for helping us take the first steps in this exciting new journey.