Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Worthing theatres latest

Over the last few months councillors and officers have been working on the review of the provision of theatres in Worthing. This followed a cabinet decision to set-up a working group to explore all options to reduce significantly its financial support to the theatre venues.
 
In May of this year the council sought expressions of interest from suitably qualified and/or experienced companies or third sector partners who wished to be considered to manage or acquire any or all of the venues.  These potential partners were required to submit proposals that would sustainably reduce the cost to the public purse of these venues.
 
In June 2011, Worthing council received 17 expressions of interest from a range of organisations and all of these were invited to submit outline proposals for consideration in August.  A number of organisations withdrew at this stage and the remainder were invited to submit detailed costed proposals by the end of September.
 
The working group has been evaluating these detailed proposals and has recently received a presentation from a shortlist of three organisations.  We have been looking at these proposals in more detail to consider how they would propose to run some or all of the venues in the future and what financial effect this will have for the council. 
 
We are now at a crucial point in the process which will be coming to a conclusion very soon when a further announcement will be made.