Mid Sussex District Council is working in partnership with Hurstpierpoint Parish Council to create a new community hub for local people.
The former Ex Serviceman’s Club at Court Bushes Recreation Ground in Hurstpierpoint has been empty since December 2017 and later that month a serious fire destroyed the interior of the building.
The District and Parish Council are working together to bring this building back into use as a community facility for local events and building work is set to get under way at the end of the summer.
The new community building will be a flexible space that can be used in different ways by local community groups.
A large hall area will be available for social functions like wedding receptions and birthday parties, as a space for social groups to meet or as a venue for positive activities like exercise classes. An area will be provided for community meetings to be held and it is hoped that a nursery provider will use the space to provide local childcare for nearby families.
Storage has been set aside to enable a foodbank to be run from the building and the Ex-servicemen, who built the original building, will be able to relax and socialise in a new bar area.