They would then have all the funding

HOW can North Somerset Council even think about considering closing The Playhouse in Weston? Here we are one, of the main seaside resorts in the country, which could be without

HOW can North Somerset Council even think about considering closing The Playhouse in Weston?Here we are one, of the main seaside resorts in the country, which could be without a theatre? If what I read is true, it could well be included in the plans to save money.May I suggest that the first thing they consider to save money is cutting the increase in expenses that the majority of the council voted themselves.They would then have all the funding they need. Being on the council should be enough of an honour in itself, in the old days the council only took expenses and we had a very active and successful resort.Let's face it, there are things in the area which have to be supported out of council or taxpayers' funds and the theatre should be one. I know that a few years ago I was asking how was it The Playhouse was losing £1,080 a day, after taking into account all the revenue from the shows that were held there.In fact, I had a meeting with Alan Hockridge about it and it was explained to me that these were accountants' figures but they had to go into the accounts.I tried to establish the exact bill for wages and how many actual people worked at The Playhouse. I do know that I never found out and Alan couldn't give me this information but I do know there are a large number of unpaid people who help out. So just how does the council come up with the current loss, which is causing the present concerns?I hope that this new working party can find out and is able to remedy it. I repeat if the council can just accept the new increase in their expenses I am sure we can find the extra cash to ensure we keep our Playhouse.LAURENCE F ORME - Shrubbery Avenue, Weston


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