Residents had a chance to see how work is progressing on the new Hurstpierpoint Community Hub, Mid Sussex District Council said.
The former ex serviceman’s club at Court Bushes Recreation Ground has been empty since December 2017, and later that month a serious fire destroyed the interior of the building.
The district council has been working with Hurstpierpoint Parish Council and community groups to bring it back into use as a community facility.
We revealed plans for the empty building in July last year. Read our story here: Empty Hurstpierpoint building to be given a new lease of life
The district council has now said that work is ‘progressing well’ and that the community hub is expected to be ready to use next month (February).
Councillor Colin Trumble, Mid Sussex District Council member for Hurstpierpoint and Downs, said: “Since November 2017, we’ve been working hard to bring this community centre back to life, and today we’re looking at the progress we’ve made and what progress we have made, it’s nearly there.
“And in fact we’re hoping by the middle of February, it will be ready to use, with an opening probably some time around Easter.
“So great work has been done by Mid Sussex District Council, working closely with the parish and other community groups, and there’s lots of interest already in how this is going to be used for the benefit of the community. And we’re all looking forward to that happening.”