UPDATED: Weymouth Pavilion to stay open until end of May

Weymouth Pavilion to stay open until May

Weymouth Pavilion to stay open until May

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THEATRE goers and performers have been offered a temporary reprieve as councillors decided Weymouth Pavilion will be staying open until the end of May.
Shows which have already been booked, including the WOW Youth Theatre's production of Miss Saigon, are to go ahead.
The Pavilion will also be able to house the Mayor Making events and vote counting for county council elections.
Weymouth and Portland Borough Councillor and spokesman for Tourism and Leisure Ian Bruce said: “I am delighted that the council is now planning to allow events already booked at the Pavilion until the end of May to take place.
“Whatever the decision of councillors considering the budget in February, it is important that our customers, plus those organising and taking part in these shows, had this reassurance.”
The move comes after Pavilion bosses were slammed for continuing to sell tickets to events later in the year when the future of the theatre was uncertain.
Community group leader Margo Kirk spoke out last week when she discovered the Pavilion could be closing its doors as early as March 31 - after she had paid for tickets to a performance of That'll Be The Day in May.
Coun Bruce added: “The future of the Pavilion financing is a vital issue to be resolved, but allowing bookings up to at least the end of May both ensures these events and things like the Mayor Making and counting of votes for the county council elections can take place without any additional costs to the taxpayer.”
Alan McKechan, chairman of WOW Youth Theatre said the way the Echo had highlighted the plight of the group had helped to resolve the situation.
He said: “We had good coverage and I'm sure the publicity helped.
“I would also say that the councillors were very willing to help us find a solution.”
Mr McKechan contacted Coun Bruce a week ago to see if there was a way the show could go ahead.
He added: “The uncertainty has been dreadful, but I am delighted that officers and councillors have been able to work together to make this happen.”
Janet Stockley, president of the group, said: “It really is fantastic news. The youngsters have been rehearsing three times a week, even without being sure they are going to be able to perform.
“They'll be delighted.”

WHILE the Pavilion will stay open for events already booked in until the end of May, the permanent future of the building remains uncertain.
Following a public consultation, borough councillors will debate proposals put forward by the Save the Pavilion group at a Management Committee meeting on February 5.
The budget will be set at a Full Council meeting on February 21.
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council faces a cut of £533,459 in funding from central government and expects to have to spend £3.9million less each year by 2019/20.

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8:54pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Get a grip says...

Please close this money pit as soon as possible.
Please close this money pit as soon as possible. Get a grip
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8:34am Wed 23 Jan 13

Simon Nicholas says...

I have said it before and I will say it again - you never know what you have lost until its gone.............

Simon N.
I have said it before and I will say it again - you never know what you have lost until its gone............. Simon N. Simon Nicholas
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8:43am Wed 23 Jan 13

wessex-andy says...

Simon Nicholas wrote:
I have said it before and I will say it again - you never know what you have lost until its gone.............

Simon N.
Yes. In this instance a money pit.
[quote][p][bold]Simon Nicholas[/bold] wrote: I have said it before and I will say it again - you never know what you have lost until its gone............. Simon N.[/p][/quote]Yes. In this instance a money pit. wessex-andy
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12:24pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Simon Nicholas says...

Its very easy to knock something down and create a derelict space.

Unfortunately, its much harder to build something else in that space in the current climate - there is no money in the public or private sectors for leisure or home based developments at the moment.

Let the voluntary group who want to operate it have it for a year to see how they get on - only then should alternative uses or demolition be considered.

Simon N.
Its very easy to knock something down and create a derelict space. Unfortunately, its much harder to build something else in that space in the current climate - there is no money in the public or private sectors for leisure or home based developments at the moment. Let the voluntary group who want to operate it have it for a year to see how they get on - only then should alternative uses or demolition be considered. Simon N. Simon Nicholas
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12:58pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Kelston Guest House says...

As a business owner, I am concerned why the local council feel the need to distroy what people come to Weymouth for. The Pavilion has been badly run for years, however, we get many people stay with us for the shows or events that the Pavilion maybe running.
You only need to look at the BIC and the Lighthouse for alternatives to how the Pavilion should be run. Why aren't they offering rollar skating, ice skating, summer workshops for kids, they have the space but no outlook.
The new big car park that the space of pulling down the Pavilion will give will be empty, as there is little to come to Weymouth for.
What will happen to the Tourist Information Centre, We are a tourist town, this is our MAIN source of economy, apart from the beach they is now little to offer. We must open our minds and see what can be made of the Pavilion.
I would suggest the best idea to save council money, would be to move WPBC offices into the unused facilities at the Pavilion, sell the council offices to a property developer. Money saved and a profit made!
As a business owner, I am concerned why the local council feel the need to distroy what people come to Weymouth for. The Pavilion has been badly run for years, however, we get many people stay with us for the shows or events that the Pavilion maybe running. You only need to look at the BIC and the Lighthouse for alternatives to how the Pavilion should be run. Why aren't they offering rollar skating, ice skating, summer workshops for kids, they have the space but no outlook. The new big car park that the space of pulling down the Pavilion will give will be empty, as there is little to come to Weymouth for. What will happen to the Tourist Information Centre, We are a tourist town, this is our MAIN source of economy, apart from the beach they is now little to offer. We must open our minds and see what can be made of the Pavilion. I would suggest the best idea to save council money, would be to move WPBC offices into the unused facilities at the Pavilion, sell the council offices to a property developer. Money saved and a profit made! Kelston Guest House
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9:38pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Portland Bill says...

Last two comments are more or less spot on ,let the voluntary group run the pavillion for a couple of years thats enough time to see if its viable or not.Once its gone weymouth portland will never have such a theatre again,got to be worth a try.
Last two comments are more or less spot on ,let the voluntary group run the pavillion for a couple of years thats enough time to see if its viable or not.Once its gone weymouth portland will never have such a theatre again,got to be worth a try. Portland Bill
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