March 8, 2011
Council secures full ownership of Burnham's Princess Theatre
and Highbridge Town Council is to take over full ownership of
the Princess Theatre from April, it has been announced this week.
Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton (pictured) revealed to fellow
town councillors at Monday's council meeting that, after further
talks and negotiations, Sedgemoor District Council has agreed
to sell The Princess to the Town Council for the nominal sum of
£1, as opposed to the original
offer made last month of a lease of 125 years.
Delegated authority has been given to the Princess Committee
to ensure a smooth hand-over on the 1st April this year.
Cllr Burridge-Clayton told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This will
help secure the Princess as a major community asset for residents.
A Business Options Plan has been formed and it is expected that
the plan will be flexible enough to provide the needs of the current
hall users and also broaden the services on offer."
The Town Council thanked Sedgemoor District Council for its help
and co-operation in the partnership Working, and the Princess
Committee, and Cllr Burridge-Clayton for all their hard work in
progressing this project.
is to give a 'transitional subsidy' of £90,000 to the Town
Council to enable it to make improvements to the closure-threatened
building, thereby helping it to increase its use and income. Burnham-On-Sea.com
reported last month
that the town council had earmarked £70,000 of funds towards
taking on The Princess.
reported here that
Burnham-On-Sea's DanceFit Club and The Bay Club Dancers will join
forces to perform the first show at the town council-owned Princess
Theatre on Saturday 2nd April.