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The Castle - update

Published Wednesday, 01 June 2016

The council held an additional meeting of the full council on 31 May to once again consider the issue of The Castle theatre.

Councillors had hoped to be able to give a steer to the Administrator of The Castle Wellingborough Ltd at the meeting. It is understood that the Administrator is due to report to creditors this month.

Because a number of issues are as yet unresolved, members felt that it was vital to consider the various options open to them for the future operation of The Castle in more detail at a later date. The venue is an extremely important feature of the town and the whole borough, so getting it right is essential.

Councillor Martin Griffiths, Leader of the Council, said: “Councillors all want to see The Castle continue as a successful arts venue in the future, working both for and with the local community.”

The council requested an exit management plan from the Administrator in March, in the hope that The Castle could continue to operate, but to date that has not been received. The focus at last night’s meeting was therefore the immediate future of The Castle and a means which the doors could be kept open (or be quickly re-opened) until a firm plan for the medium to longer term could be put in place.

It is not entirely clear how things will develop over the next few weeks and months, but councillors agreed that they needed more time to fully consider the matter. Because of this a decision was made that – if necessary – an interim arrangement will be put in place to manage the theatre until a longer term plan is implemented.