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Bids Invited To Save Weymouth Pavilion


8:12am 18th December 2012

Community groups and interested parties who want to take over running Weymouth Pavilion are being invited to approach the council.

Cut backs mean the complex could be demolished.

Companies who want to buy or lease the facilities are now being asked to come forward with a business plan.

Interested parties need to submit an outline business case including details of intended use of the building, evidence that repairs and maintenance liabilities would be met and staffing details.
The proposal would also need to demonstrate medium term viability.
More information including guidance notes for applicants, financial information and a comprehensive condition report can be found HERE.

The council will answer reasonable questions or requests for further information to support the development of realistic proposals.
Peter Chapman, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council brief holder for finance and assets said:
"The council's all party budget working group would like to give any individuals or organisations with a serious interest in running the pavilion the opportunity to declare their intentions.
"The time scales for the budget process is tight but we would welcome outline proposals so they can be assessed on a preliminary basis and guide our decision making as part of the 2013/14 budget process."
There would be no council subsidy for the facility however the operator would be able to bid for some of the proposed £100,000 grants budget.
The council would retain its ability to sell the building, and this gathering of proposals is not a tendering exercise by the council.
The proposals will be considered by councillors as part of the 2013/14 budget report going to Management Committee on 5 February and Full Council on 21 February.
Proposals should be submitted by 18 January to:
Nick Thornley
Leisure and Tourism Manager
Weymouth & Portland Borough Council
North Quay,
Further requests for information should be directed to Nick Thornley by calling 01305 838000.

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