The Barrington Centre is due to close from the 31st March for a complete refurbishment. All tenants have been given notice. Staff have been notified that they will be made redundant. Works are expected to take 6 months and the cost is being met by Dorset Council.
We understand that more details will appear in the Echo from 27th Feb and this page will be updated when we can.
Barrington Update 3rd March.
The SFRA has asked for an official notification about what is happening to the Barrington but we have not been advised so far.
The Echo reports that staff have been told that they are likely to be made redundant putting 23 local jobs at risk.
The planned works appear to be significant with an extended frontage and improved access to the cafe for the less able.
Also works to improve the toilet facilities are expected.
The SFRA understands that the electrical and water supply systems are not adequate to meet modern demands. These will be upgraded. We also understand that there is a plan to screen films in the main hall with a state of the art projection and sound system. In addition there will be a new sprung floor fitted so that dance activities can take place.
The SFRA welcomes this investment. We hope that it will form part of an on-going strategy to revitalise Ferndown and rescue it from the increasing number of charity shops that are a consequence of the discouragingly high cost that new enterprises face when trying to establish themselves.