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Next steps for Venue to be discussed by Cabinet

Published on Friday, 19th May 2023

The way forward for Bedworth Civic Hall (venue) will be under the spotlight at the next meeting of Nuneaton and Bedworth’s ruling Cabinet.

Members will be discussing a recommendation at the meeting on Wednesday, 24 May by officers which suggests that a selection criteria be put forward for potential operators of the High Street building.

This would take into account rental offers and social value, and be subject to a scoring procedure with a notification of outcome timetabled for Wednesday, 9 August 2023, providing an initial submission is acceptable without negotiation.

An alternative date of Monday, 25 September 2023 has been set should negotiation be needed with a best and final offer process required. 

The High Street building closed as a theatre in 2020 during the Covid pandemic and was then used as a testing centre and a vaccination centre for the NHS.

In 2022, councillors made it clear that the authority is not in a position to contribute any further cash to running the venue, or to add any capital investment which would be needed before it could reopen.

Organisations and individuals were then asked if they had a viable proposal for the future of the venue via a questionnaire with two feasible "Expressions of Interest received."

The next steps for the Venue form part of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council’s Building a Better Borough strategy.

Cllr Sue Markham, Portfolio Holder for Public Services at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, said:

“The forthcoming Cabinet report sets out the formal process to move this forward and is clear and transparent as to what the Authority requires from potential operators.”