New operators of Bedworth Civic Hall named
Published on Friday, 20th October 2023
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council has announced the organisation that will run the Civic Hall in Bedworth.
Bedworth Community Interest Company (CIC) has been awarded the opportunity to agree a lease with the local authority and run the venue for up to 20 years.
The 700-plus seat theatre has been closed since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, but could soon be operating as an entertainment venue again.
The decision comes as a result of a detailed bidding process in which interested parties were invited to propose how they would run the building, which will still be owned by the Borough Council.
The process was agreed by the Borough Council’s ruling Cabinet after it determined last year that the local authority should no longer operate the venue due to difficulties related to the age of the building and covering operating costs.
Portfolio Holder for Public Services, Cllr Sue Markham, said:
"The Borough Council has been focused since day one of this process on ensuring the best deal we can achieve for the Council Tax payers of this Borough.
"We believe the way forward we have identified achieves this.
"We have been open throughout this process, and will now work to complete a legal agreement with Bedworth CIC.
"We would like to see the lease concluded quickly so that the Civic Hall can reopen under the CIC’s management.
"We hope in due course they enjoy every success in bringing forward a programme of entertainment again for local people and visitors from further afield."
Steven Young, Chair of Bedworth Community Interest Company, said:
"We look forward to working with Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council to enable the continued use and success of the venue in Bedworth."
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