A four week public consultation on a new performance venue ended last Friday.

The consultation presented the main options that emerged from 18 months of feasibility studies identifying the cultural gaps in Derby and exploring the market demand for a new venue. It also discussed the advantages and disadvantages of each of the options.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the Economy, Cllr Martin Rawson lauded the consultation as a huge success:

I wish to thank the nearly 1,000 people who participated in this consultation for their valuable and constructive contributions.

It is pleasing to see the interest which everyone expressed in this major investment for Derby’s economic and cultural future. It was indeed a huge success.

Successful city centres are drivers of the economy and the Council remains persuaded that a new performance venue is a game-changer for our city centre.

We strongly believe that it is critical to the future success and economic regeneration of the city, that it is the catalyst for further investment in the retail, leisure and office sectors and that it will enable Derby to attract top entertainment, cultural performances and commercial events.

It was no secret that the Council’s preferred option was the Music and Performance Venue which members of the public, business community and cultural sector have now had the opportunity to scrutinise and let their views be heard.

I now await the consultation report which will help us to make an informed and considered decision on which option to proceed with and how to progress it.

In addition to online materials the project team held four drop-in sessions and held individual meetings with interest parties who have all made detailed contributions.

An external research company is now analysing the results and a report is expected in January.