Outdoor events arena could replace Bournemouth Imax building
A new outdoor events arena could replace the Bournemouth Imax on the Dorset seafront.
Plans have been submitted by Bournemouth Borough Council to replace the controversial building next to Bournemouth Pier, which is due to be demolished in the autumn.
The arena would host a range of events including extreme sports, theatre, music and dance. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Pavilion Dance have already expressed an interest and a big screen could show coverage of sporting and national events.
Leader of Bournemouth Borough Council, Cllr John Beesley said: "We know that local people will be glad to see the back of the Imax building, but it is what could be in its place that is really exciting.
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"The results of the public consultation show that there is public support for the creation of an outdoor events arena and we are working hard to develop a programme of events that will appeal to everyone."
The public have until Friday August 10 to comment on the planning application which can be viewed online. If approved, the outdoor events space could be opened by next summer.
"We want this to be a facility that local people and visitors will want to use and enjoy" added Cllr Beesley.
"Although this is an interim proposal until the Bournemouth Development Company can come forward with comprehensive plans for the wider area, there is no reason why a quality outdoor space could not form part of these long-term plans if it proves to be a popular attraction"