The Future of the Clair Hall Site Consultation

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Welcome to the Engagement and Consultation Hub for the Future of the Clair Hall Site in Haywards Heath!

Mid-Sussex District Council is undertaking a 12-week engagement process to assist with an understanding of what the future of the site could look like.

This initial engagement programme comes at the start of the wider consultation process about what the future of the site could look like. Importantly - there has not been any decision made about its future - and there are not any preconceived ideas about what should happen.

The Council will listen to ideas, thoughts and feedback - and then report back and consult on what has been said about the building and the car park. There is a commitment to work alongside the community and to make sure that all voices are heard. For clarity, the consultation includes the entire site, which includes the car park and the Redwood Centre.

As a starting point, it would be great to know:

  • How has Clair Hall and the wider site been used in the past? - Use the Stories tab below to share your experiences.

Look under the Ideas section where you can share with us your thoughts on:

  • What sorts of uses are needed in the future?
  • Should the existing building be redeveloped or refurbished?
  • Are there any services that are lacking in Haywards Heath that we could help address through the Clair Hall site?
  • What do you like about the site and what could be improved?

The main Clair Hall building is currently being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and this will continue until at least next year (2022). This engagement and consultation does not impact the vaccination programme on the site - this programme is about the future after the NHS has said they no longer need to use it.

This Engagement Hub serves as a central hub where residents can provide feedback and ideas for the future of the Clair Hall site. On this page you will find:

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section
  • Key upcoming dates
  • Registration page for events
  • Sign-up option for project updates.

We will be regularly providing updates throughout the course of the 12 weeks - so please leave your details for more information!

If you would like to contact the team about any element of the project, or send through general written feedback, please email clairhall@engagecf.co.uk or call 07542 016586. Alternatively you can write directly to us Clair Hall Project Team, C/O ECF, Metal Box Factory, 30 Great Guildford Street, London, SE1 0HS.

The engagement and consultation process is being managed by ECF, an independent specialist community engagement consultancy, who have been appointed by the Council, to ensure the widest range of voices in the community are able to provide their ideas and views on the future of the Clair Hall site. If you require assistance with this page or need an alternative visual version (braille or another language for example) please do not hesitate to get in touch. In addition, you can request a printed version of this materials about the project.

Welcome to the Engagement and Consultation Hub for the Future of the Clair Hall Site in Haywards Heath!

Mid-Sussex District Council is undertaking a 12-week engagement process to assist with an understanding of what the future of the site could look like.

This initial engagement programme comes at the start of the wider consultation process about what the future of the site could look like. Importantly - there has not been any decision made about its future - and there are not any preconceived ideas about what should happen.

The Council will listen to ideas, thoughts and feedback - and then report back and consult on what has been said about the building and the car park. There is a commitment to work alongside the community and to make sure that all voices are heard. For clarity, the consultation includes the entire site, which includes the car park and the Redwood Centre.

As a starting point, it would be great to know:

  • How has Clair Hall and the wider site been used in the past? - Use the Stories tab below to share your experiences.

Look under the Ideas section where you can share with us your thoughts on:

  • What sorts of uses are needed in the future?
  • Should the existing building be redeveloped or refurbished?
  • Are there any services that are lacking in Haywards Heath that we could help address through the Clair Hall site?
  • What do you like about the site and what could be improved?

The main Clair Hall building is currently being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and this will continue until at least next year (2022). This engagement and consultation does not impact the vaccination programme on the site - this programme is about the future after the NHS has said they no longer need to use it.

This Engagement Hub serves as a central hub where residents can provide feedback and ideas for the future of the Clair Hall site. On this page you will find:

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section
  • Key upcoming dates
  • Registration page for events
  • Sign-up option for project updates.

We will be regularly providing updates throughout the course of the 12 weeks - so please leave your details for more information!

If you would like to contact the team about any element of the project, or send through general written feedback, please email clairhall@engagecf.co.uk or call 07542 016586. Alternatively you can write directly to us Clair Hall Project Team, C/O ECF, Metal Box Factory, 30 Great Guildford Street, London, SE1 0HS.

The engagement and consultation process is being managed by ECF, an independent specialist community engagement consultancy, who have been appointed by the Council, to ensure the widest range of voices in the community are able to provide their ideas and views on the future of the Clair Hall site. If you require assistance with this page or need an alternative visual version (braille or another language for example) please do not hesitate to get in touch. In addition, you can request a printed version of this materials about the project.

  • Public Consultation closes 22 September - Reminder

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    Don't forget to let us know what you would like the future of Clair Hall site to look like before the public consultation phase closes on Wednesday 22 September 2021.

    You can let us know your feedback by adding to the Engagement and Consultation Hub, sending us an email at clairhall@engagecf.co.uk or call 07542 016586. Alternatively you can write directly to us Clair Hall Project Team, C/O ECF, Metal Box Factory, 30 Great Guildford Street, London, SE1 0HS.

    We look forward to receiving your ideas!

  • Public Exhibition Dates Announced

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    Hey all,

    As you may know we are holding two drop-in sessions to discuss the future of the Clair Hall Site (Clair Hall, the Redwood Centre, and the adjoining car park). We’ve just circulated our latest flyer to the local community and we’d love you to come along and find out what people have told us so far, and if you haven’t already, share your views on what the town needs from this site!

    We are holding in person drop-in sessions in two weeks time, with no registration required, and the details are below:

    • First session: Thursday 16 September (2.00pm – 6.00pm)
    • Second session: Saturday 18 September (10.00am – 1.00pm)

    Drop-in sessions will be at the Orchards Shopping Centre in Unit 13 (previously the gift shop Calliope). This can be found opposite Hays Travel and the Orchards Pharmacy.

    We look forward to meeting you in person!

  • Community Workshop – Agenda

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    As you will know we are holding the first community workshop this evening. In order to provide some insight into how the event will be structured, please find an outline agenda below:

    • Introduction
    • Purpose of the engagement process
    • Feedback to date
    • First facilitated table session – How you’ve used Clair Hall before
    • Feedback One
    • Second facilitated table session – Clair Hall: Keep, Change, Add
    • Feedback Two
    • Wrap up and next steps

    We are really looking forward to the session later and excited to meet all the participants. If you would like to register please feel free to book a space.

  • There’s spaces still available for the community workshop this week – register now!

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    As you may know, we are holding our first community workshop this week on Thursday 22nd July. We want to let you know that there are still places available if you want to get involved and give your opinion on what should happen on the Clair Hall site!

    The workshops are part of an engagement programme that includes a series of digital and physical events over the course of the summer. At this stage, there has not been any decision made on the future of the site and the ambition of the engagement process is to offer the local community the opportunity to inform and shape recommendations on the future of the Clair Hall site.

    It is vitally important that the broadest cross-section of the local community has the opportunity to share their views, and thus we urge members of the community to attend the first event and have your say. We also wanted to say a big thank you to all those who have already signed-up, called our telephone line, left feedback on here or made email contact with us! Your feedback has been really helpful and we appreciate it.

    You can find a link to the event page here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/future-of-clair-hall-site-tickets-162415530223

  • Share your ideas! We want to hear your vision for the future of the Clair Hall site?

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    Over the last week, we have had a fantastic response from the community to the early stages our engagement and consultation on the future of Clair Hall. We have heard unique, genuine and heart-warming experiences from the past and we encourage you to continue to share your memories. The stories function will remain live through the engagement period for you to share your memories of times spent at Clair Hall.

    We are, however, also keen to hear the community’s thoughts on what the future could look like. Should we leave it as it is? Refurbish? Redevelop completely? What facilities are needed for the town? What services could or should be provided? How can the site be improved to serve the whole community in the 21st century?.

    Earlier this week we opened registration for our community workshops (please do sign up if you can make the dates) but we know that not everyone will able to attend. We will, of course, share the thoughts and ideas that the workshops generate but to ensure we hear the widest possible range of ideas from everyone, we have launched an ideas section here on the engagement hub. We encourage everyone to share your vision of the site in the future - what facilities do you think it should provide, what should it look like? Share with us your ideas, your thoughts, your opinions!


  • Register for our community workshops

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    We are excited to announce the dates of our first community consultation workshops on the future of the Clair Hall site in Haywards Heath On Thursday 22nd July (6.30pm – 8pm) and Wednesday 28th July (6.30pm – 8pm) we will be holding online workshops to hear your ideas about the future of the site. We feel it is vitally important that the local community have the opportunity to have their say and hope to see as many of you as possible at these first events. we will be sharing the results of the workshops so that everyone will be able to see and comment on the emerging ideas. To register for a workshop follow the links under Key Dates here on the Engagement Hub. or contact us for more information on clairhall@engagecf.co.uk

  • Consultation opens on the future of the Clair Hall Site

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    Mid-Sussex District Council have today, 30 June 2021, launched a 12-week public engagement exercise on the future of the Clair Hall site, in Haywards Heath. This engagement is the first stage of a wider engagement and consultation programme.

    The Clair Hall building is currently in operation as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and is likely to remain so until at least February 2022. The Council have committed to remaining flexible to further requests from the NHS to extend their use of the building to support the NHS response to the Pandemic. This engagement and consultation will therefore consider the longer term future of the site.

    As part of the initial 12-week engagement process, there will be a wide range of ways that the community can provide their views including:

    • The creation of this online Engagement Hub to host information about the process and its results as well as providing a number of different ways for the community tell us what they think and feel
    • The formation of a Clair Hall Community Engagement Group (CHCEG) with representatives from local groups and organisations
    • Community workshops
    • Drop-in sessions and online presentations
    • Individual meetings with local groups

    The engagement and consultation process has been designed to allow the widest possible range of voices to take part. Once the engagement period has closed in September 2021, a consultation report will be produced and published. Responses to the engagement process and the consultation report will inform a report for consideration by the Mid-Sussex District Council Cabinet, in early 2022.

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