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Phil Say Wins His Bid To Run Weymouth Pavilion

Weymouth Pavilion and Wessex FM van

7:29am 20th June 2013
(Updated 10:44am 21st June 2013)

It took months of planning, canvassing local politicians and appealing to the community - but Phil Say has finally won his bid to take over Weymouth Pavilion.

At a special meeting of the Borough Council last night, the Management Committee agreed to hand the Weymouth Businessman the Community lease, as well as a loan of £150,000.

£100,000 is coming from the Arts budget and £50,000 from the council's reserves.

And stay listening to Wessex FM for some exciting news about what's going to happen next.

The council agreed to enter into a 10 year lease with the proposed Community Interest Company based on terms agreed at its April Management Committee, and also subject to:

 · A £150,000 loan by the council, repayable on terms included in the 19 June Management Committee report

 · A fixed annual contribution from the council of £30,000

· The council awards 80 per cent discretionary rate relief

· The Community Interest Company meets the costs of car parking permits for staff and volunteers

· The council meets liabilities that may arise from any staff issues (TUPE) related to the previous council-operated facility

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council brief holder for Community Facilities Andy Blackwood said: 

“This is a major step in securing the future of Weymouth Pavilion and I am delighted that the council has awarded the lease to Mr Say.

“I am sure that we are all looking forward to the complex re-opening and will do all we can to make sure this happens as soon as possible, and marks the start of a bright new future for the Pavilion under community leadership.”

Weymouth Pavilion Community Interest Company has been formed and registered at Company House.

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