Carlisle council boss wants £15m Sands Centre revamp back on table
Last updated at 11:40, Monday, 27 February 2012
Carlisle City Council’s leader says he wants to see progress made on a potential £15m revamp of the Sands Centre.
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J, No, absolutely and most certainly not. Such things could not be done in secrecy.
Has a deal been done that includes a prime location within the city centre being assembled as a development site to offer further incentives to third party investors involved in the proposed Sands Centre plans?
The pools on James Street are inadequate now. Through time, the location has proved an inconvenience, and with the Rail Station's traffic problem being more important than a revamp to the Pools, I'd support having them knocked down and the area used as the proposed transport interchange for the station...The Sands Centre revamp is a good idea, if a little uninspiring. It's good to see the main hall getting an increased capacity but it will still only hold 2,000. Shouldn't we be looking at making it more of an arena holding 6,000, thus massively increasing revenue and opening the way for leading acts to perform in Carlisle as part of their UK tours?Again, that would eat into the car park, but I don't see why more land could not be allocated as parking for the centre in the first place, there is some between the main and overspill car park as a start!In this day and age, surely an arena / theatre could be integrated into the same hall, with lower tier only for theatre and second tier opened for concerts, etc. As a growing city, we should be thinking big in our idea's, as what is planned now must be suitable for the next 30-40 years until the next revamp is needed. This is where you have to ask, is 2,000 seats really enough as our largest performance venue? If Bournemouth, Bolton and Exeter can do it, why can't Carlisle?