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Council Executive agrees the transfer of Carnegie Theatre

14 January 2015

Allerdale Borough Council's Executive today agreed to the transfer of the Carnegie Theatre from the Council’s ownership to ensure the continued success of this iconic Workington building, and secure it for future generations to enjoy.

The Executive agreed that responsibility for the buildings, staffing and operation of the theatre will pass to a newly established Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). This is hoped to start on or after 1 April 2015.  As part of the transfer the Executive also agreed to an annual subsidy of £150,000 in year one, which will reduce by £15,000 each year over a ten year period. By the end of this period it is expected that the Council will have made a saving of £268,850.

The transfer of the building will ensure the theatre will have wider access to a variety of funding sources. These include schemes from the Arts Council and the Lottery which a Local Authority is not able to take advantage of. It is also hoped the new arrangements will allow the theatre to take a more active role in the local community.

Speaking at the meeting Cllr Mark Fryer, Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth, said “I’m really pleased that we have finally got here, and are able to transfer the theatre to a group who are really keen to take it on and build upon its success - returning it to its former glories.”

Cllr Barbara Cannon, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Budget and Asset Management, said: “We made a flagship promise to secure the future of the Carnegie Theatre, which is a popular venue in the town and has played a prominent feature of many of our lives. Today’s decision will secure the theatre as a key arts venue in the area.”

The future of the Carnegie Theatre has been a key priority of the Council since 2011 when it first appeared in the Council Plan and it has invested in its infrastructure since. The Coalfields Regeneration Trust provided £96,000 which was match-funded with £100,000 from the Council to replace the theatre floor, renovate the dressing rooms, rebuild the toilets, redecorate throughout and replace the seating. In 2013 £220,000 was spent on full refurbishment of the Theatre foyer and Monroe’s Bar and the opening up of the windows which had been bricked up some time ago.

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