Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Future of Waterloo Park Pavillion

This has just been released:

Conservative Leader in Norwich, Cllr Antony Little, is to seek assurances from Norwich City Council over the future use of Waterloo Park Pavilion.

Currently the Pavilion is organised and run by Norwich Community Arts (NORCAS) but they are moving out in the summer and there are fears that the Pavilion could be lost as a community arts space. Norwich City Council will soon be looking at somebody else to take over the lease and they have not ruled out allowing the use to be converted to fully commercial premises.

Cllr Little said: “There are serious concerns that a business may wish to use this very special site and a lot of the community groups that currently access the space will lose out. I have been in touch with the Council to talk through the issue but they will not rule out a fully commercial use of the Pavilion.”

“We have very few genuine community resources of this nature and it would be a crying shame to see it lost. I would like the Council to guarantee that community groups will get first refusal in this building. Failing that, we should have a full report to see if the Council could continue to run the Pavilion for the best use of the community themselves.”

“Waterloo Park Pavilion is well worth investing time and money into – as has been the case in the past. I shall be strongly urging the Council to keep it for community use.”

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