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Doina Cornell, district councillor and deputy leader of the Labour group on SDC is heading up the review task team looking into future plans for the Sub Rooms, which currently costs about £400,000 a year to run. The Sub Rooms is the only council-owned and run arts and entertainment facility in the district.
“There was a really great atmosphere on Saturday, we had around 350 people pop in throughout the day,” she said. “Participants were really positive and it was great to hear the views of the community. I saw first-hand just how passionate people are about this venue and how much it is valued. It’s clear people want the Sub Rooms to remain a community arts venue for the town.
That’s what we at the council want to happen too.
Obviously, we have to consider the rising costs as a key factor. Money will be a big thing in these debates. So we are looking at ways to address this. We think there is a lot more potential in the building and want to utilise it fully. As of now, we have yet to receive any expressions of interest from community groups, but there is still time for this. We need an initial expressions by March 17. Organisations will then be invited to submit a detailed plan by August 31,
We’ll be making a report and recommendations for Strategy & Resources committee in September or October. So, it’s possible a decision won’t be made until next year.”