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More calls for Aylesbury to be haven for culture vultures

View from the BCC Bucks County Council tower in Aylesbury - Bottom is the old County Hall, centre is the Exchange Street car park and right is Exchange Street

View from the BCC Bucks County Council tower in Aylesbury - Bottom is the old County Hall, centre is the Exchange Street car park and right is Exchange Street

Working to make Aylesbury a ‘cultural hub’ is top of the agenda for county council leader Martin Tett.

Speaking after £2million plans were unveiled to redevelop the old county hall and police station, Mr Tett said that he wants the town to be a ‘come to’ destination for the arts.

He said: “I would like to see Aylesbury become a bit of cultural centre and exploit the old town and its character.

“We would like to see exhibitions that have local appeal, like The Great Train Robbery, and facilitate that in the new quarter.

“We want Aylesbury to be a go to attraction food and culture, working in partnership with existing attractions.”

“We want to make Aylesbury a come to destination.”

A comprehensive masterplan for the town centre, which has been put together in partnership with Aylesbury Vale District Council, Bucks County Council and Aylesbury Vale Advantage, will be unveiled later this month.

This will likely include details of the massively delayed Waterside shopping scheme in Exchange Street (including where the surface car park is). Its cost will probably run into the tens of millions of pounds.

This is not the first time that the idea of transforming Aylesbury into a centre for culture has been tabled.

Last summer Aylesbury Vale District Council unveiled plans to use attractions like the Waterside Theatre and the reincarnated Friars Club to make the town centre a unique cultural offering.

The council revealed that it hoped to add to established entertainment destinations, it is hoped more venues can be licensed for music and dance and that there will be ‘theatre in the pubs’.

 

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