Chiefs consider plans for outside events area at The Witham
PLANS for three decked areas in the grounds of a Barnard Castle arts venue have been put forward as part of a Covid 19-recovery plan.
The Witham, in Barnard Castle, has applied for permission for the small, decked areas in its walled garden.
The decking would be installed over part of the grassed area to provide artists and small groups with a performance area, space for a pop-up bar and outside catering.
Peter Hodges, agent on behalf of The Witham, said in a statement: “The minor alterations we envisage have the potential to transform the outdoor area into a more flexible space to meet the needs of a wide range of people.
“This proposal is an integral part of our Covid recovery plan with the primary purpose being to enable The Witham to use its unique external space for welcoming back the community into a safe environment as soon as possible. Coupled with some discrete lighting which will highlight the natural features of the surrounding old stone walls, we can create an attractive and atmospheric space for all to enjoy while
being confident that they are safe.
“It is anticipated that viable indoor performances will remain restricted until late autumn. So, as restrictions ease, this space will give opportunity for ‘busking’ style performer and small groups to reboot their entertainment skills in the knowledge that they are Covid compliant.
“Hosting the return of uplifting live performance is so important to the wellbeing of everyone and is a major part of the Witham ethos.”
He added: “The external grassed area which is currently very underused despite the attractive nature of the location.
“This will not only support our immediate Covid recovery programme, but also provide a longer-term capability for outdoor activities.”
Durham County Council is to decide on the proposal in the coming weeks.