Ryde and Shanklin Theatres Up For Sale?

The Isle of Wight Council put Ryde and Shanklin Theatres up for sale.

Ryde and Shanklin Theatres: The Future To Be Discussed at Cabinet MeetingWe haven’t had a chance to see it in person, but hear from VB readers that there are adverts in the property pages of the County Press this week for the sale of Ryde and Shanklin Theatres.

As we reported back in January, the Cabinet were to make a decision on the future of the theatres following an independent review on the commercial viability and public need for the theatres.

Minutes of the meeting reveal that the council decided on the following

THAT options (b), (c), (f) and (g) be adopted:

b. The Council seeks proposals from commercial A – 2 operators for the redevelopment and management of Ryde theatre making provision for sufficient community use and at no cost to the Council. Such proposals to be considered no later than the end of July 2009.

c. The Council seeks proposals from community groups to undertake the management and maintenance of Ryde theatre at no cost to the Council. Such proposals to be considered no later than the end of July 2009.

f. The Council seeks proposals from commercial operators for the redevelopment and management of Shanklin theatre making provision for sufficient community use and at no cost to the Council. Such proposals to be considered no later than the end of July 2009.

g. The Council seeks proposals from community groups to undertake the management and maintenance of Shanklin theatre at no cost to the Council. Such proposals to be considered no later than the end of July 2009.

We’re not sure whether the IWC has considered any proposals from A-2 operators or community groups yet, but will let you know once we’re able to find out.

In the meantime, we were surprised to hear that the sites are up for sale. As we said, we haven’t seen the adverts ourselves yet, hearing this news second hand.

Back in April last year we caught up with Jazzie B, OBE before his performance at Ryde Theatre. Listen to what he has to say about on the importance of keeping Ryde Theatre open as a functional venue for the community.

Take a listen …
[audio:http://otw-audio.s3.amazonaws.com/Jazzie-B-save-ryde-theatre.mp3]

Image: Courtesy of Rick Stanbridge

Friday, 17th April, 2009 3:55pm

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10 Comments on "Ryde and Shanklin Theatres Up For Sale?"

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darren winter
I’m absolutely discussed that this is happening. we came back to the island because of its love for good old fashioned values, but yet again we see the council just don’t give a dam about the tax payer, yet they are whiling to spend money on anything that makes them money. I’ll say this again THE COUNCIL ARE SUPPOSE TO WORK FOR US! WE PAY THERE WAGES,… Read more »
L PINKERTON
Darren, whatever made you think that any council is supposed to do what the council tax payers want them to do. Before the election, they present a programme of what they intend to do over the next four years and then set a council tax level to deal with this programme, statutory obligations and inflation on a yearly basis. They get elected (democracy). If they can keep… Read more »
INSIDER

They lie before the election, they lie after the election. We vote in the opposition who proceed to do the same…this is why people do not vote, there simply is no point.
Now we have vote independent, apparently we can believe every word they say because they are “Independent” and WILL remain so.
Me?…I’m naive…I believe everybody.

darren winter

Hey L PINKERTON

Your funny, my vote will never change anything, there is no democracy because the choice is fixed and at the end of the day they are all the same. they all screw us over. that’s not democracy, its slavery on a global scale!
go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHxvVuIxJ9A&feature=channel_page

L PINKERTON

So start a campaign for Proportional Representation – then your vote will count. I’m sure most of us will support it, even Chris, especially Chris. Then a democracy would much better reflect what voters think. Unfortunately PR is usually opposed by those in power at the time.

Not funny just weird.

v

If we had A PRS we would have noone else to blame for voter apathy and the public will never agree to it

steve s

:-)

Chris

God Save Ryde Theatre.

muso-activator
I wasn;t going to post anymore, but just the one…. There is a ryde theatre preservation society on facebook about 400 strong now. We tried to work for the council and help but I have never been so dis-appointed by the vague, randomness of council reasoning. Clearly the intention was for the place to be sold. Notice how every financial promise for the premises over the last… Read more »
Friends of Shanklin Theatre

We are confident that Shanklin Theatre will not be closed and that it will continue as a theatre with community use.

You can join the Friends, send your email or postal address to: fost@live.co.uk and we will send you details.

Stephanie Welch
Publicity Officer and Treasurer
Friends of Shanklin Theatre