Art facility plans for park building

The Ammunition Store, Hall Leys Park, Matlock.
The Ammunition Store, Hall Leys Park, Matlock.

Plans have been unveiled to transform an empty storage building in to an arts facility for Matlock.

The scheme will see the former Ammo Store, in Hall Leys Park, refurbished in to a community hub to host art workshops, meetings and educational projects.

The proposals have been put forward by group, Create Matlock, made up of members of Matlock Live! and Matlock Partnership.

Derbyshire Dales District Council planners have recommended a lease should be granted – subject to the scheme getting planning approval and funding.

Phil Askham, one of the directors of community arts group Matlock Live! said they were set to reveal their plans during a presentation to Matlock Town Council on Monday, July 25.

He added: “We are hoping our plans will tie in with the centenary celebrations in the park. It will mean a major refurbishment project, if we are successful in getting funding.

“The park is a key location in terms of busy footfall from visitors and local people.

“Having a community space and focus in that location will give everyone an opportunity to run activities there and promote their organisations.”

Create Matlock is set to host a public consultation to find out what kind of activities people would like to see take place in the Ammo Store and how they would like the building to be designed and developed.

The district council has recommended Matlock Town Council is granted a 21-year lease of the building for community use with a rental of £1 per year.

The town council, which would be responsible for the building repairs and insurance, is set to sub-let the building to Create Matlock, if plans are approved.

The Ammo Store was previously used for storing maintenance items used in the park, but since the Ranger Station was built as part of Matlock Parks Project, it has no longer been needed.

Mr Askham said the group did not yet know how much money they would need to raise for the project but they hoped to renovate the building using cutting edge green technology.

The plans are set to be discussed by district councillors at 6pm today in Matlock Town Hall.

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