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D Day For Weymouth Pavilion


7:56am 5th February 2013
(Updated 8:13am 5th February 2013)

The future of Weymouth's troubled Pavilion is expected to be decided today (Tuesday 5th February).

The Borough Council's Management Committee is meeting at the Guildhall where they're expected to recommend it closes at the end of May.

Proposals submitted on how the entertainment venue could be used following its closure will also be discussed.

Options include closing the pavilion and leasing it out, putting it forward for freehold sale, securing private investment to pay for running costs or knocking it down.

Producer of "That'll Be the Day" - that's showing at the Pavilion - Derek Block says closing the venue would be a crime; "If you've got something so dilapidated that it's going to need £10M to restore it, fine you've got a reason to close it down. But the Pavilion is just the opposite, it's not falling down. With the right attitude and local management it can survive and be successful, I don't understand it. "

Save the Pavilion campaigner Phil Say says demolishing the venue would be more expensive to the taxpayer; "I'm hopeful council management will recognise the benefits and positives of our proposal for the Pavilion. Knocking it down just takes away from the local community."

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