Peace deal in battle over running of Brixham theatre
A PEACE deal has been struck over the future of Brixham Theatre.
Following protracted discussions and a lengthy summer saga, the management of the theatre has now been resolved.
Brixham Arts and Theatre Society will carry on managing the venue and try to generate money which will be split 50-50 with the Torbay Development Agency.
Meanwhile, the Brixham Operatic and Dramatic Society, which had been in the running to manage the theatre, will continue to put on shows and use the complex.
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The management status quo decision comes as fire regulations work is undertaken at the theatre. There were fears the theatre may have to close if it does not comply with the findings of a recent fire report.
Cecilia Kean, chairman of BATS, told Brixham Town Council the compliance work would not impact on the running of the theatre.
Cllr Chris Lomas told the meeting: "Any talks of closing the theatre would be madness.
"We will have to pay for this work when Torbay Council should have paid for it."
The town council also agreed to subsidise the theatre by £6,000.
Cllr Martyn Hodge said: "It is a small amount to pay for the theatre to keep going. It is as much a public amenity as is Shoalstone Pool."