Outdoor performance space created at Springwell Community College – Destination Chesterfield

By Josh Marais

A new performance canopy has been built at Springwell Community College with funding provided by the Staveley Town Deal.

The new canopy is next to the performing arts block – providing space for summer concerts and productions to take place outdoors. It can also be used by students during the day as a covered social and dining area.

Ian Wingfield, Principal of Springwell Community College, said: “SCART (Springwell Community Arts) provision at Springwell has had a difficult time during the pandemic and this investment will help restart and improve this much-loved program. The new performance space is a welcome addition to our college and creates new opportunities for students to develop their skills and gain stage experience.

The performance canopy was built midway and benches were placed under the canopy to provide a sheltered social and dining area.

As part of the Town Deal process, accelerator funding worth £500,000 has been awarded by the government to deliver projects ahead of the set of projects that make up Staveley Town Deal.

Ivan Fomin, Chairman of the Staveley Town Deal Board, said: “The accelerator funding has really helped launch the Town Deal and demonstrates the broad ambitions of the Town Deal Board. The projects that have been supported by Accelerator funding aim to improve the quality of life for local residents and make Staveley a place to start, stay and grow. I look forward to the summer when we can see outdoor performances at Springwell Community College and hope the community will support those performances as well.

Accelerator funding has also been used to create new play facilities at King George V Playground, upgrade CCTV in Staveley town centre, improve drainage at Chantry Playgrounds and undertake preparatory work for DRIIVe, a railway innovation and training center to be built in Barrow Hill.

Councilor Tricia Gilby, Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council and Deputy Chair of the Staveley Town Deal Board, said: ‘The Accelerator Projects are really just the first step in delivering the Town Deal more broad, there will be many updates around the eleven key projects that form the city’s investment plan over the coming months as well as the opportunity for residents to get involved.

Find out more about Staveley Town Deal on the Chesterfield Borough Council website: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/staveley-town-deal