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End of an era as The Square set to shut…but as one door closes?

Lifestyle / Tue 7th Apr 2015 at 02:53pm

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By Jo O’Reilly

SQUAREONE Entertainment, the group in charge of the town’s long-standing live music venue, The Square, has announced plans to cease operating from the venue by late 2015. The announcement comes ahead of plans by Circle Housing to showcase development plans for the Fourth Avenue site at the Civic Centre on Thursday.

SquareOne took over the running of the venue following the departure of Essex County Council in July 2008. The building’s lease has been extended several times. In 2012 a proposal to convert the neighbouring YWCA building to residential apartments gave hope that a longer lease would be obtained, but the project did not go ahead.

Since then SquareOne Entertainment have been in talks with both Circle Housing and Harlow Council to identify an alternative location for a live music venue in Harlow.

Square promoter Adam Smith said: “There are various sites we’ve been looking at, along with proposals of new builds, but at this point we haven’t committed to anything. The announcement today is to stop any confusion caused by Circle’s proposal for a housing development.

SquareOne Entertainment are asking that fans of the venue attend Thursday’s showcase at the Civic Centre to show support for the venue and its continued role in the town.

“We’re not asking people to oppose the housing plans, there’s no need for that. But I’m sure people will want to ask ‘what about The Square?’ as we don’t have a solid answer for that yet. We feel that Harlow deserves a top class Live Entertainment Venue.”

The Square will continue to function with a full programme of events until final dates are confirmed. Details of all events can be found on their website.

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