A COMMUNITY hall which had faced closure was officially reopened this week following a £150,000 maintenance investment programme.
Works at Shakespeare Hall included external decorating, the installation of security lighting and CCTV and relaying the car park.
Inside the building benefited from internal decorating, new lighting, replacement flooring and new windows throughout, along with the installation of gas supply and the conversion of the heating system from oil to gas.
All current hirers are back in running sessions and a new programme of exercise classes has started.
In the next few months the hall will have a senior falls prevention session with Meridian Seniors Forum and East Sussex County Council, a youth drop in session at weekends with East Sussex County Council and the NIPPERS holiday club.
Over the summer holidays the hall will provide a location for the Newhaven Summer Holiday activities programme funded by Newhaven Town Council.
Wave Leisure managing director Peter Crowley said: “Over the last few months there has been an incredible amount of hard work with our partners to be able to facilitate the work and ensure the future of Shakespeare Hall as a community facility.
“It allows us and the partners and users of Shakespeare Hall to be able to deliver on our promises for the Newhaven Community long into the future.”
Newhaven mayor Steve Saunders said: “We are delighted that the work has now been completed on Shakespeare Hall to give the town the facilities that it has always wanted. We are extremely pleased that the town council has been able to work in partnership to bring this about.”
District council director of finance John Magness said: “Lewes District Council as a strategic funding partner for the project is pleased the much needed works are complete.
“Now refurbished, Shakespeare Hall offers a fantastic venue and is able to offer a wide range of new and exciting activities for the whole community.”
Www.waveleisure.co.uk or call Seahaven Swim and Fitness Centre on 01273 512498.