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- Councillors have decided to support option B - to put the Pavilion out to tender to the community
- Councillors will be discussing the future of the theatre today at a meeting of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council's management committee.
WEYMOUTH Pavilion looks to be saved from demolition after councillors agreed it should be taken over by the community.
While there’s more discussion to take place, the decision by the management committee today effectively paves the way for the community to come forward and run the theatre.
The decision by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s management committee, which met at the Guildhall this morning, was unanimous. The recommendation will have to be approved by the full council which meets on February 21.
The council will then decide a tendering process before inviting bids. The only proposal to take over the Pavilion is the one by the Save the Pavilion group which wants to run it as a community interest company.
Councillors heard at the meeting today that the Pavilion will close as scheduled at the end of May and will be closed for a period of time while the tendering process is worked out.
The meeting is now finished.
More reaction to follow.
It appears Weymouth Pavilion will close for a time at the end of May while details of the plan to put it out to tender are finalised.
Councillors have recommended Option 2 which means the council will allow members of the community to come up with a proposal to take over the running of the theatre.
All other budget options contained in the report have been recommended to full council with no amendments.
These include proposals to save money by disposing of the North Quay and Guildhall, reducing spending on CCTV, and reducing the number of councillors.
Councillors are now moving onto discuss other budget issues.
Option B, to tender the Pavilion to the community will be recommended to the full council.
This still means the Pavilion will close at the end of May while discussions are going on.
Councillor Ian Bruce has also spoken out in support of leasing the Pavilion to a community group.
He said: "I will back this option, and I hope the community will give it full support."
Councillor Chapman supports the option of leasing the Pavilion to a community group, and councillor Andy Blackman has made a formal proposal for the committee to go for the option.
Councillor Peter Chapman is introducing the first item to be discussed. Councillors are about to begin discussing the future of the Pavilion.
Councillors have now started to discuss the budget.
Councillors are discussing whether they should give money to the Sailing Academy for Sail for Gold. Then they will start discussing the budget.
Councillor Paul Kimber, who is not a member of the management committee, urges councillors to support option in which Pavilion is put out to tender process to give people a chance to save it.
Phil Say of the Save the Pavilion Group said: "You've heard the arguments. You've experienced public opinion.
"Our proposal is clear. There's no hidden agenda.
"Please give me and the community a chance."
Cathy Page-Nash of the Friends of Weymouth Pavilion says it would be 'criminal' to demolish the building and would deprive locals of the only cultural asset in the town.
Resident Mick Burt asks for council acounts on Pavilion for past three years to be reviewed as he claims the figures 'may be misleading'.
Catherine Dunford urges councillors to consider providing another theatre if Pavilion is demolished.
The public session has begun. Chairman Mike Goodman says he will allow more than the usual half hour for speakers.
Former councillor Peter Rendall begins by saying that demolition of the Pavilion would be sacrilege.
The meeting is now underway. A total of 65 people in attendance.
Members of the public continue to arrive in numbers.
Public speaking time limited to half hour unless chairman says otherwise.
Echo reporter Martin Lea is at the management committee meeting this morning.
Dozens of members of the public are already here and seated.
A number of Pavilion staff are here too.
Outside, Phil Say of Save the Pavilion says he is 'hopeful of a positive outcome'.