April 18, 2011
puts plans for Princess Theatre community group on hold
to create a new community interest group to run Burnham-On-Sea's
Princess Theatre have been put on hold, it emerged at a town council
meeting on Monday evening (April 18th).
Just two weeks after proposals
to form the new group were unveiled, the Town Council has
decided it will not be setting up the new group after all.
During an Extraordinary Town Council Meeting held on Monday,
councillors decided instead that the facilities will be managed
by a management group comprising of five town councillors and
a member of the Friends of The Princess.
It follows the transferal
of ownership of The Princess from Sedgemoor District Council
to Burnham and Highbridge Town Council on April 1st.
Burnham's Mayor, Cllr Michael Clarke, told Monday's meeting:
"It's been decided not to pursue the idea of a community
interest group. Instead, a standalone committee will initially
run the building."
He explained to Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's all down to timing.
With the council elections due next month, we don't want to commit
the council to forming a new community group without the support
of the new councillors. The decision may be re-visited again after
The ten councillors present at Monday's meeting voted unanimously
in favour of forming the new management committee which will initailly
comprise of members of the Town Council's working party who clinched
the deal with Sedgemoor to save the facilities from closure. The
committee will also have the power to co-opt non-voting members
of the public in the future.
In March, Sedgemoor District Council sold The Princess to the
Town Council for the nominal sum of £1, as reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com