200,000 lifeline for Northcott

Exeter News

TheSite.co.uk, the portal for UK towns, cities and villages
TheSite.co.uk

> Home

 
Exeter
> Exeter Guides
> Exeter Books
> Exeter Adverts
> Exeter Business
> Exeter Web Sites
> Exeter Accommodation
> Exeter Restaurants
> Exeter Attractions
> Exeter Events
> Exeter Photos

[email protected]

Site Designed By
Commatic web design logo
Commatic Limited

 


200,000 lifeline for Northcott

Posted: 19/01/2007 16:14:47

A 200,000 lifeline for the Northcott Theatre has been approved by Devon County Council's Cabinet, the Executive, meeting in Exeter today.

Sheila Hobden, the Council's Executive Member for Culture, proposed the 200,000 grant from the Council's reserves to save the theatre from permanent closure. She was backed by Council Leader Brian Greenslade and Executive colleagues.

The theatre badly needs financial help to fund essential works necessary to comply with health and safety and Disability Discrimination Act standards and increase capacity. Without these works being carried out it would have to close.

County Council Chief Executive Phil Norrey described the Northcott as "a key cultural provision" not only for Exeter, but for the whole county. He told the Executive that 53% of the Northcott's audience were Devon people from outside the city, 33% came from Exeter itself with the remaining 14% coming from outside the county.

The County Council has already provided 250,000 to support improvements to the theatre and the additional 200,000 will help pay for works including:

* Replacing all the existing seats.
* 25 to 30 additional seats.
* 6 new spaces for wheelchair users
* disabled access to the main entrance
* new disabled passenger lift
* relocation of the food servery
* new fire alarm and PA system

The theatre's original improvement programme, which included plans for 90 additional seating, had to be scaled back because of increased costs and a funding shortfall from other potential sources.

However, Exeter University has dedicated much effort into securing additional funding for a revised project and has sought the help of the County Council.

Cllr Hobden said: "I think we must as a County Council support this proposal to support the theatre. It is a very key element in the cultural life not only of Exeter, but it serves the wider county even more so. It is very much a countywide institution and the County Council has committed itself in its Strategic Plan to celebrating Devon's cultural life and activities.

"Our financial assistance to the Northcott demonstrates our commitment to supporting the growth of Exeter as a regional hub and home for cultural facilities of national standing."

Cllr Greenslade said: : "The Northcott Theatre is a vital part of the cultural life of Exeter and the wider county of Devon. It's an important attraction in the city and enjoyed by many. Devon County Council would not want to see it close and in fact we would like to see its capacity increase and access improved so that more people can enjoy its productions. Celebrating and supporting Devon's culture is a priority for the County Council and fortunately we do have the capacity to respond when help is needed."

Deputy Environment Director Ian Harrison said it would be possible to secure public transport at reasonable cost to improve services to and from the Northcott, and said the County Council would want to work with Exeter University and the theatre to achieve that goal.

The Theatre will close after the current pantomime season and will re-open in December 2007 following completion of the improvement work. This timing is crucial to the funding of the project as the Christmas season contributes significantly to the financial viability of the theatre. The long term business plan for the theatre is sound, showing a surplus on its operations of 45,000 in 2008/9, its first full year of trading after re-opening.

Permalink: http://www.thesite.co.uk/viewnewsstory.asp?newsid=861

Other Exeter News

Exeter secondary school principal to retire
Posted: 15/07/2009 09:11:29
Exeter Central Library - Musical Performance
Posted: 14/07/2009 10:27:31
Cycle Exeter gears up with new funding
Posted: 02/05/2008 01:25:05
Apple Store Princesshay Now Open
Posted: 28/11/2007 15:44:46
Fascinating images of Exeter's past go on display
Posted: 13/09/2007 20:29:13
Science Park key to future of local economy
Posted: 06/05/2007 13:02:31
Exeter's Waterfront gets a contemporary new look
Posted: 27/04/2007 14:44:27
Council astonished at rejection of museum grant
Posted: 14/03/2007 23:49:26
Exeter Cathedral is Devon's latest 'cinema'
Posted: 07/02/2007 23:05:36
Extension Of Dispersal Powers In Pinhoe Exeter
Posted: 24/01/2007 15:32:41
Sir Chris Bonington to address business leaders
Posted: 22/01/2007 14:27:26
New youth club opens in Exeter
Posted: 22/01/2007 10:02:36
High achieving pupils thrive at friendly school
Posted: 19/01/2007 16:17:56
ASBO Order Exeter
Posted: 18/01/2007 18:52:48
Exeter's newest school wins warm plaudits
Posted: 17/01/2007 10:32:30
Council pilots 160 million budget exhibition
Posted: 17/01/2007 10:29:57
Dog Handler Arrest Exeter
Posted: 17/01/2007 10:23:09
Domestic Assault Arrest - Exeter
Posted: 17/01/2007 10:22:38
Library careers service helps people get on track
Posted: 10/01/2007 11:56:23
Councillors look into Exeter Airport night flights
Posted: 10/01/2007 11:39:19

Other News From Around The County

Uffculme - Children's entertainer to visit Uffculme Library
Posted: 11/08/2009 10:17:06
Totnes - Arthurian Legends talk at Totnes Library
Posted: 11/08/2009 10:16:19
Ivybridge - Medieval Street Fair at Ivybridge Library
Posted: 11/08/2009 10:15:33
Oakhampton - Local author visit to Okehampton Library
Posted: 07/08/2009 09:47:54
Bideford - Refurbishment of Bideford Longbridge
Posted: 05/08/2009 10:55:49
Heavitree - Nappy times in Heavitree
Posted: 05/08/2009 10:54:41
West Down - Open garden day raises funds for local care centre
Posted: 14/07/2009 10:24:23
Honiton - Author Anna Jacobs at Honiton Library
Posted: 14/07/2009 10:21:50
Tavistock - Every football fan's fantasy, Tavistock library
Posted: 29/07/2008 22:24:35
Axminster - Helping hands for young people in Axminster
Posted: 08/07/2008 21:14:51
Tiverton - Tiverton schools hit the right note
Posted: 04/07/2008 20:33:06
Bideford - Recycling centre success in Bideford
Posted: 02/05/2008 01:24:01
Exmouth - New cycle route for Exmouth seafront
Posted: 29/04/2008 22:37:19
Barnstaple - Successful Amnesty For Illegally Tinted Vehicles
Posted: 29/04/2008 22:34:57
Barnstaple - Mural cleans up Tarka Trail underpasses
Posted: 22/04/2008 12:44:05
Princetown - Creating enterprise for Princetown
Posted: 14/04/2008 12:35:49
Honiton - Improvements at Sutton Barton recycling centre
Posted: 28/02/2008 00:46:52
Tavistock - Local author at Tavistock library
Posted: 25/02/2008 22:31:37
Totnes - New extra care flats for Totnes
Posted: 20/02/2008 20:15:20
Ilfracombe - Coast path repairs on track
Posted: 12/02/2008 10:13:19
Budleigh Salterton - Funding for school environmental garden
Posted: 12/02/2008 10:11:38

Back to main Exeter page

 
Places nearby
Paignton (18)      
Tiverton (11)
Yealmpton (10)
Sidmouth (9)
Goodrington (8)      
Lynton (8)
Combe Martin (7)
Croyde (7)
Exeter (7)      
Instow (7)
 
Search again
Village/Town/City

 
Advertisements