Residents back demolition of Southborough theatre

Nus Ghani

A majority of residents have backed plans for creating a new building for the Southborough Hub, which would mean demolishing the historic Royal Victoria Hall.

The eight-week consultation showed 58 per cent of people favoured a completely new facility, while 27 per cent of the 389 respondents supported part-retaining the existing theatre.

Overall, a total of 82 per cent agreed with the general principle of developing the Southborough Hub, rising to a figure of 85 per cent among residents of Southborough and High Brooms specifically.

Campaigners had previously presented a 5,000-strong petition to save the 100-year-old Royal Victoria Hall. The hub plans are due to be voted on by Southborough Town Council tomorrow [Thursday], before a final decision is made by the Southborough Hub Project Board on March 1.

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