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News - 3 November 2007
Circus St Market

Artists to take over the old Veg market

The derelict fruit and veg market in Circus Street could be used as an arts, cultural and community venue as it awaits redevelopment. The arrangement will be temporary while plans are being drawn up for the permanent development.

The former municipal market in Circus Street is due to be transformed into eco-homes, offices, a dance studio, restaurants, public spaces and a new library for the University of Brighton.

But work is unlikely to start on the £100m scheme until April 2009 as designs have to be completed.

So a council report is proposing to lease the building to developers the Cathedral Group for a temporary period in the meantime.

Cathedral is proposing large-scale art exhibitions, design shows, film projects, performance art and cultural happenings. Community activities would also be hosted.

They say the idea would also help them establish a relationship with local residents. It is anticipated models and displays of long-term plans could be included and the building used as a hub for consultation.

Chairman of the council’s major projects committee Councillor Garry Peltzer Dunn said, “Such large spaces are unusual in the city so it could be very useful for certain kinds of events. It would be an excellent way to get this vacant building back into use.

“As well as reversing the dereliction of the building it would also help tempt people across Victoria Gardens into the eastern part of the city centre. That could have spin-off benefits for the neighbourhood.”

Councillors are due to discuss the plan at the next meeting of the major projects committee at Hove Town Hall on November 6.

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