Leisure Facilities take over theatre

Carlisle Leisure may take over Workington arts centre and museum

By Phil Coleman

Last updated at 15:14, Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Councillors in Allerdale may consider asking the firm that runs leisure and sports venues for Carlisle City Council to manage two key facilities in Workington.

The suggestion has been made in a report which urges Allerdale council to set aside a £10,000 fund to pay for specialist advice on the future of The Carnegie Theatre and Arts Centre and the Helena Thompson Museum.

Officers are urging councillors to investigate creating a “non-profit distributing organisation” (NPDO) to run the two facilities.

The issue will be considered by senior Allerdale councillors at the authority’s executive meeting on April 18.

The Carnegie Theatre is run by Allerdale council while the Helena Thompson Museum is owned by the council but run by Workington Heritage Group.

In the report for councillors, officers set out several options for the future running of both organisations.

They include the creation of co-operatives – industrial and provident societies; companies limited by guarantee; trusts and so-called charitable incorporated organisations.

The report adds: “The council could consider approaching the NPDO operating the leisure facilities Carlisle Leisure Limited (CLL) to expand their current activities to include the Carnegie. Conversations with CLL indicate a preference for an independent focus on live music and theatre while CLL would concentrate on The Wave for youth/sports activities.”

The report says the council could develop a single organisation to operate both The Carnegie and the Helena Thompson Museum, though the Workington Heritage Trust have expressed concern about running a performance venue because their primary interest is the museum.

If the council does pursue an alternative management structure for the organisations, it would still be necessary to subsidise it, with a level of financial support in the short term similar to the current cost to the council.

First published at 11:26, Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

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