Plans are afoot for a huge revamp of the Cambridge Corn Exchange to help attract bigger audiences and visitors to Cambridge City Centre.
The revamp, which has sparked fears of job losses, has been ordered after City Council chiefs decided to take the management of the prestigious venue in-house.
As it stands at present, local taxpayers contribute around £500,000 a year to the running of the venue, but a recent report comissioned by the local authority has identified a poor reputation with local residents and several areas of improvement within its business plan.
Councillor Rod Cantrill, the man responsible for the arts in Cambridge, spoke out recently at a meeting of community services to demand greater value for money from the Cambridge Corn Exchange: “It is clear residents expect more from the Corn Exchange. We have listened to their views and will be refreshing the programming. We will also be looking at other ideas of how to increase the use of the space."