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.

Questions

If you have questions about the project, please submit them using this function. Please do consult our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section on the Engagement Hub as a series of questions have already been answered. 

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    Hello. I attended the workshop last week and asked a question in the chat that didn’t get answered. I’d be grateful for an understanding of the methodology that will be used for analysing all the qualitative data collected through the website and the workshops. Will you be publishing this methodology and the framework for decision making? What will the criteria be and the weighting for these? And will there be some analysis of this first stage ahead of the publication of the survey? If so, will this be published? Thanks.

    Michelle asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question and submission. 

    All feedback received, through whichever platform, will be carefully collated and meticulously analysed. We intend to identify the key phrases, themes and ideas and highlight the most popular and most frequently used perspectives. Ensuring that we accurately reflect the dialogue that we are undertaking is essential to the programme. In terms of accountability, for example, we have already published the feedback received at both webinars through the ‘Jamboards’ – which can be found online. These boards represented the discussions that the individual groups had and were presented publicly to the group immediately during the workshops.

    With regards to publishing the methodology and results – absolutely. We will be producing a thorough and detailed report to Mid Sussex District Council after the programme has concluded. In terms decision making – this is not our remit as we are an independent company and this would be a Council matter. Furthermore, the analysis from the first stage of consultation will be published on the Engagement HQ and will also feature at the drop-in sessions planned for September – we invite the community to have a look at the common responses we have received so far and this will be a further opportunity to provide feedback.

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    Agreed Clair Hall should be a Community Hub. At the start can we collate exactly what people mean by the phrase so that everyone, including MSDC, is clear that their conception of what a Community Hub comprises is included? Once agreed this lays the foundation which can be built on.

    harrowbarrow asked 2 months ago

    It is clear that "community hub" can mean many things to different people and this has come through in the responses received to the consultation so far. throughout the process the engagement hub is recording these different views and we encourage everyone to make use of the hub to have that conversation. This will form an important aspect of the final engagement and consultation report.

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    When a HH town councillor, knocked at he door asking for feedback he asked about Clair Hall. When I suggested refurb is a greener option he mentioned that it is in a bad state of repair with an asbstos problem. If this is so could it be more widely publicised as it informs the public's views on favouring refurb or rebuild. Thank you.

    Barbara De Caux asked 2 months ago

    Although asbestos is present, as one would expect to find in a property of this age/type, the amount and type of asbestos does not represent a problem to use of the building. If, however, the Clair hall  building were to be refurbished or redeveloped in some way there would be a cost to remove it. 

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    Part of the reason given to close the Clair Hall was because the cost of improving the hall's energy efficiency rating. An obvious funding stream for the redevelopment of Clair Hall would be developer contributions (S106/Community Infrastructure Levy) but this would likely require a new policy in the Haywards Heath Neighbourhood Plan? With the Town Council currently in the process of updating the Neighbourhood Plan please can you explain how this is being addressed?

    HannahS asked 2 months ago

    Mid Sussex District Council already has an approved planning framework in place for securing S106 monies for facilities from developments where they meet necessary legal tests. Policy DP20  of the District Plan and the Development Infrastructure and Contributions Supplementary Planning Document sets out the approach. The District Council has started its review of the District Plan and intends to consult on revisions in Autumn this year.

     The District Council supports local communities over the preparation of Neighbourhood Plans and will work with Haywards Heath Town Council to provide this support.

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    Will your leaflet drop inform those without access to the internet how they may present their views to Mid Sussex District Council? So far everything, from "Mid Sussex Mattters" to the community workshops, directs people on line. Thank you, Angela.

    Angela asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question Angela. The leaflet includes our phone number and we have already found people getting in touch via the mechanism, and we will happily accommodate those who are not internet users. 

    We will also be having physical pop-ups in September which will provide another opportunity for people to participate offline. We want to make sure everyone has the ability to participate, whether they are online or not.    

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    How are you intending to inform local residents of the consultation. Especially those that do not have access to the internet. You need to leaflet every household within Hayward’s Heath. Thank you Susan Cook

    Susan Cook asked 3 months ago

    A leaflet drop is currently being finalised and will be delivered to households across the town and surrounding areas in the coming week. In addition, the engagement process will include: 

    • Press releases which we hope will be covered by the local media
    • This engagement hub which will continue to evolve over time.
    • The establishment of a Clair Hall Community Engagement Group (CHCEG)
    • Community workshops 
    • Drop-in sessions
    • Social media activity

    A published email address and a telephone line have also been established to make sure people can request written materials if needed

    if you have any further ideas of how we can further inform local residents please let us know as we are keen that as many peopel as possible know about and are able to take part.

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    This consultation is about the Clair Hall site, yet there is no mention of the Redwood Centre. Please can you confirm how use of the centre is being considered? Is it separate to the rest of the Clair Hall site and therefore not subject to this consultation? If it is part of the consultation, why is there no mention of it and the extent of its use by a wide range of community groups benefiting hundreds of young people? It would be completely disingenuous to only refer to the Clair Hall site being used as a vaccination centre (you’ve also neglected to mention its previous use as a centre for the arts). Thanks.

    Michelle asked 3 months ago

    The Redwood Building is currently being used by Mid Sussex District Scouts. As part of the Clair Hall site, along with Clair Hall and the car park, we are keen to hear from the community about how it has, is, and could be used in the future in the same way that people are sharing their thoughts on the main hall. The Council is working with the District Scouts on a number of projects across the District to provide and improve facilities for young people and views them as a key stakeholder in this engagement process.

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