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Plans for new theatre put back to next year

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AMBITIOUS plans for a new theatre for Warrington, due to be considered by the borough council’s executive board next week, have been put back to the New Year.
Board members will be told that the proposals, involving conversion of the Drill Hall, in Bath Street, have been put back to their next meeting, on January 14 to allow more time for further assessment of the business case and risk review.
It was in September that Cllr Dan Price, the council’s lead member for culture and partnerships, revealed that a business case for capital and revenue funding for the project was being developed.
He said at that time that the case would include the possible conversion of the currently vacant Drill Hall into a performance space with seating for about 400 people.
The implications for other venues, such as Pyramid and Parr Hall, would also be studied.
Cllr Price said he was hopeful the scheme would be on the agenda at the executive board in November.
The Drill Hall has previously been used for local and general elections and is part of the Town Hall’s East Annexe, home for Electoral Services.
It is understood that any theatre developed by the council would be run by a third sector organisation, at no cost to the council.

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