Barnoldswick theatrical group issues plea over the future of civic hall

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Barnoldswick theatrical group issues plea over the future of civic hall Barnoldswick theatrical group issues plea over the future of civic hall

ACTORS have been told that the show must go on – as Pendle Council looks to dispose of its community halls and centres.

Supporters of Barnoldswick’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society were keen to ensure that their next production in May was not jeopardised as the fate of the town’s civic hall was discussed.

The future of the Station Road venue, along with Brierfield Community Centre, Brierfield Town Hall, Nelson’s Walton Lane Community Centre and Trawden Community Centre has been under review.

It has emerged that the centres’ management was one alternative endorsed as part of the authority receiving an ‘efficiency support grant’ of £1million from Whitehall for the current financial year.

Town councillors in Barnoldswick are in discussions on taking over the management of the civic hall but no agreement has been reached.

Coun David Whipp said that the society had used the venue for at least 36 years and members were concerned, as rehearsals were already under way for their summer show. He added: “The Gilbert and Sullivan Society are wanting some certainty about whether they can go ahead with it, given considerations over the future management of the building.”

Council leader Coun Joe Cooney confirmed that the community halls review was an option being considered as part of the terms of the efficiency grant.

He said that initial approaches were being made to the borough’s town and parish councils to explore whether they were interested in taking over the running of the halls. But Coun Cooney said he did not believe that negotiations over the civic hall would be anywhere near completion by May.

“We are committed to saving a certain amount of money on community halls and each one should be considered on its merits,” he added.

He later pledged that the civic hall would not close after he was lobbied by Conservatives in West Craven.

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5:21pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Marsdogs says...

Is Cllr Whipp up for re-election? He seems to working overtime supplying non-stories with quotes.
Is Cllr Whipp up for re-election? He seems to working overtime supplying non-stories with quotes. Marsdogs

2:11pm Thu 20 Feb 14

HecticBigBoy says...

Marsdogs wrote:
Is Cllr Whipp up for re-election? He seems to working overtime supplying non-stories with quotes.
He might be but he earns a lot of money as a councillor so he should be fighting for everything for Barnoldswick
[quote][p][bold]Marsdogs[/bold] wrote: Is Cllr Whipp up for re-election? He seems to working overtime supplying non-stories with quotes.[/p][/quote]He might be but he earns a lot of money as a councillor so he should be fighting for everything for Barnoldswick HecticBigBoy

3:27pm Mon 24 Feb 14

coates warder says...

HecticBigBoy wrote:
Marsdogs wrote:
Is Cllr Whipp up for re-election? He seems to working overtime supplying non-stories with quotes.
He might be but he earns a lot of money as a councillor so he should be fighting for everything for Barnoldswick
well he is not fightint the 109% precept to house holds in barlick is he. again only in it for himself.not used the toilets in the town since the 80's but yet i have to pay for it. how about putting a 50p slot to get in then its pay as you pee scheme more to everyones likeing
[quote][p][bold]HecticBigBoy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marsdogs[/bold] wrote: Is Cllr Whipp up for re-election? He seems to working overtime supplying non-stories with quotes.[/p][/quote]He might be but he earns a lot of money as a councillor so he should be fighting for everything for Barnoldswick[/p][/quote]well he is not fightint the 109% precept to house holds in barlick is he. again only in it for himself.not used the toilets in the town since the 80's but yet i have to pay for it. how about putting a 50p slot to get in then its pay as you pee scheme more to everyones likeing coates warder

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