Community plea for town

PUBLISHED: 11:00 13 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:08 24 May 2010

AXBRIDGE needs a purpose built community centre if its growing arts scene is to remain a success, according to a theatre club organiser. Scores of residents enjoyed Ciderella, the latest production by Axbridge Community Theatre. But the performance, which

AXBRIDGE needs a purpose built community centre if its growing arts scene is to remain a success, according to a theatre club organiser.Scores of residents enjoyed Ciderella, the latest production by Axbridge Community Theatre.But the performance, which had a cast of 60, was limited by the town hall's 12ft by 8ft stage, according to stage manager Roger Parker.Mr Parker, of Starrs Close, made a plea to the town council to look seriously at building a community centre at a recent meeting.He said: "In view of the fantastic audience numbers at the community theatre panto, it's becoming more and more difficult for the theatre group to use the town hall. "It's inadequate in so far as space is concerned. If you have two groups they can't use it at the same time and if you set up the theatre you have to take everything moveable down if another group comes in during the day."It's my proposal, and I'd like the council to consider this seriously, that we make movements to build a community centre and relinquish the burden on the town hall itself."I've got quite a lot of people interested and would like the council to consider it seriously."Councillor Barry Hamblin said: "There are several areas in the parish plan where the need for a general purpose building has been identified."The council noted Mr Parker's plea but did not pass any formal resolutions.

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