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Plans for Skipton Town Hall bar get the go-ahead

Craven District councillors have approved proposals to provide a bar at Skipton Town Hall as part of the restoration of the historic building.

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The council will now seek expressions of interest from potential commercial partners to run a bar and catering facilities that supports the vision for the Town Hall as a high quality arts and heritage centre.

Councillor Simon Myers, lead member for Enterprising Craven, said: "Restoring Skipton Town Hall as a sustainable and vibrant community venue is one of the council's key priorities.

"Creating a new bar at the Town Hall will help attract audiences and make the venue more financially sustainable.

"We want the Town Hall to become a destination for people from across Craven and beyond, improving the economic and social vitality of the area."

A feasibility study earlier this year concluded that a number of improvements were needed to modernise the Concert Hall and provide a permanent bar and catering facilities for before, after, and during performances.

The study proposed that the front corner unit of the Town Hall could be used to create a crush bar and daytime café.

Expressions of interest will be evaluated and a recommendation will be brought to the council's Policy Committee in March 2017. The bar could be open for business from September 2017.

Councillors have already approved plans to upgrade the main Concert Hall, backstage rooms and explore the potential to extend the rear of the building. Design work is underway and detailed proposals are also due to be put before the council's Policy Committee in March 2017.