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LIVE UPDATES: Crunch pavilion and budget meeting tonight
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- The crunch meeting about Weymouth Pavilion is being held tonight. It's the full meeting when the borough council will consider its 2013 to 2014 budget - including the future of the Pavilion. The proposal is to tender it out to the community to run but anything could happen. Also, up for discussion are proposals to dispose of the Guidlhall and TIC as well as plans to cut the CCTV budget. Reporter Martin Lea is at the meeting in the Pavilion Ocean Room and sending live updates.
THE council has handed over responsibility to the community - probably a group led by Phil Say.
Our snap poll here came actually out with 82 per cent in favour of bulldozing the Pavilion.
Councillors will debate other budget issues into the night - including CCTV, Guildhall and TIC.
Read the main Pavilion story herehttp://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/localnews/10245073.Councillors_give_go_ahead_for_community_take_over_of_Weymouth_Pavilion/
PAVILION RESULT: Decision to close in May and start a tender process to hand over to community backed unanimously.
8:43pm Thu 21 Feb 13
Delaying the closure of the Pavilion is costing the taxpayer some serious money, not far shy of £60,000 per month. Jane McKell suggestion would cost £700,000 and Ray Banham delaying until September is a £410k hit to the residents pockets.
8:41pm Thu 21 Feb 13
JamesYoung wrote:Agreed. It is time to say goodbye and Move on. If the Arty minority want to play housey with it , let them finance it themselves in competition with and prospective developers.. They have had a couple of decades of living off everyone's dime.
Mick Burt doesnt seem to get the idea of business plans. If a business stuck to plans that clearly weren't working it would be bankrupt.
So the 5000 people need to stump up about £150 each.
Otherwise, demolish it.
5000 people to help? So where are the 5000 at the meeting?
Banham's amendment to keep it open until September has been lost.
They are now debating an amendment from Coun Ian Roebuck which calls for the council to speed up process of handing it over to community with smaller gap of closure.
NB: for those of you not used to council meetings - they don't always move quickly. It's not a football match.
Have your say on whether you think the Pavilion should be saved or knocked down. See our vote below. It's just for tonight - just to see what the feeling is out there.
7:55pm Thu 21 Feb 13
Demolition would cost at least £3million. It's not a cost effective option. Hand it over and let the community run it, ASAP.
7:59pm Thu 21 Feb 13
joinindorset, they would soon claw back £3million selling on the land.
11 amendments to Pavilion proposal now being debated. Cllr Ray Banham calls for Pavilion to stay open until Sept so it can be taken over as a going concern
Labour councillors and supporters demonstrated their opposition to budget cuts before the meeting:
7:21pm Thu 21 Feb 13
Martin Lea needs a talking to, one update in 20 minutes is poor.
7:26pm Thu 21 Feb 13
perhaps jane mckell and mick burt should pay themselvs to keep the pavillion open, im a tax payer and am fed up with wasting tax money going nowhere
Councillors have agreed to discuss the Pavilion first in budget
Moving onto budget item after 45 mins of speeches from public
TIC staff member Mike Deadman makes plea to keep TIC open
Phil Say urges cllrs to give the community a chance to run it
Cathy Page-Nash from Friends of the Pavilion says she has 5,000 people who want to help
Hon Alderman Peter Rendall asks for a smooth transition between Pav closure and group taking it over.so Pav not closed all summer
Move onto public half hour. Resident Mick Burt says demolishing Pav would be departure from local plan and says it shouls remain open for two years until Pav business plan runs its course
Meeting starts with petition from Jane McKell urging council to delay decision on pav for one year to allow time to get proposals in.
Don't forget you can leave your comments at the bottom of this live update.
About 100 members of the public have packed into the Ocean Room to hear the debate.
There's been a demo by the Labour party against the budget cuts before the meeting.