Venues must counterbalance

I READ with concern the story that the Playhouse and Winter Gardens could be sold to save money. I personally believe it would be possible to restructure the way these venues are run to make them a profitable part of the council's assets. Whilst the comme

I READ with concern the story that the Playhouse and Winter Gardens could be sold to save money.I personally believe it would be possible to restructure the way these venues are run to make them a profitable part of the council's assets.Whilst the comment has been made that people in the north of the county wonder why they should subsidise the venues, there are many in Weston who have to travel to Bristol, Cardiff and beyond to see leading bands, plays, orchestras and ensembles.One of the primary roles of these arts venues has to be to host the many fantastic local amateur dramatic and music societies associated with the town, the venues must also counterbalance these with performances by leading performers, which will guarantee sell-out audiences.Those in charge of scheduling must realise the days of traditional, low budget seaside entertainment are long gone. Weston's population deserves to see and hear top class entertainment without travelling great distances.My fear is that selling these venues would be a quick fix that can only prove costly for the future of Weston's arts and entertainment industry.I would urge the council to think of the ways they can turn these facilities into profitable venues before making rash decisions.JONATHAN MANNERS - Via e-mail


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