May 08

The Local Plan for Chelmsford-Urgent Action required

The Local Plan for Chelmsford City is currently at Consultation stage. The deadline for comments is 11th May. The Company urges its supporters to comment by following one of the links below of the “Local Plan” for Chelmsford for the site users at Meteor Way.

The map attached shows the possible site for 380 new homes. (*shows CYGAMS HQ).CYGAMS_Consultation_Local_Plan_2017

The history of The Company and CYGAMS and CAODS has been intertwined for many years. In the first instance, as users of this wonderful facility, I believe that we should support them in their resolve to stay on that site, in their current building.

This is a very emotive subject as, for many of CYGAMS/CAODS members, the building that we use for our classes and rehearsals and consider our home, has been their life’s work.

Most of you will not remember the building as anything other than it is today; many of you will not remember the previous Green Room or previous kitchen and toilets. Most of the building and renovation work has been undertaken by the members themselves with the occasional assistance of others. Most of you will not know of the “Aladdin’s Cave” that is beyond the studio doors, together with a huge workshop where our “Alice Doors and Café” were constructed.

Whilst the plan allows for possible relocation on the current site (or the City Centre) the real fear is that, in the hands of developers, any new premises might not be suitable for a number of reasons, be very disruptive to our schedule of shows and also might come at a premium. This of course has worrying implications for The Ballet Company.

Please follow the link to see the Local Plan

And please make a comment on this by following this link Here. It doesn’t take long to register and you don’t have to fill in all of the questions you can just go straight to the relevant part. Thank you.