Town Council News
Brixham Theatre CIO Off and Running After Key Hand Over
A new group of enthusiasts, Brixham Theatre CIO, were awarded Charitable status on May 2nd and outgoing Chair of Brixham Town Council, Councillor Rosemary Clarke, recently handed over the keys to the theatre just ahead of a highly successful launch in May which featured Brooklyn Boy, a high-quality Neil Diamond tribute act.
Commenting on the hand over Councillor Clarke said that the Council fully support the new Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and wish them the very best of success with the new venture.
The Council and CIO are currently in discussions about putting a Service Level Agreement (SLA) into place which will be designed to forge a close working relationship between the two organisations and will release funding to help support the theatre during the new company’s 1st year of operations.
“The community supported the council’s decision to provide £6,000 of funding in this year’s budget and precept during consultations at the end of last year and we are delighted to be able to assist the new team and wish them well with their venture”.
“Certainly, the Neil Diamond tribute event, which was well supported by the public and councillors, was a great evening and augurs well for the future”, added Councillor Clarke.
As well as promoting a wide variety of music, drama, dance performance and visual arts for both local and visitor audiences, the new Brixham Theatre CIO intends to provide more opportunities for theatre use through partnership working with local schools and community groups to develop the theatre as a real community asset in the heart of the town. This will include educational workshop provision running alongside theatre and arts programmes.
The group are working hard to establish a full, exciting, varied programme for the autumn, kicked off by a Gala evening of performance on Sat 22nd September. Meanwhile, they are busy updating theatre booking systems and ensuring a transitional period with upcoming events open to the public.
• B.O.A.D.S production of the British family favorite tv sitcom Hi de Hi! Thursday 31st May – Saturday 2nd June, all performances start at 7.30pm.
• South Devon Players, 1307, a researched dramatic medieval theatrical production exploring the history of the fall of the Knights Templar, the surrounding mysteries & accusations of heresy. 22nd June 7.30pm & 23rd June 2.30pm and 7.30pm
To get in touch with the new theatre group you can, follow Brixham Theatre CIO on Facebook, Twitter, www.brixhamtheatre.uk or call the box office on 01803 415897.
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Brixham Town Council 2018-19 Budget Reflects Community's PrioritiesBrixham Town Council has set their budget for 2018/19 and demonstrated their strong support for key organisations that are part of the fabric of the community.
The precept has increased by 7.24% compared to 2017/18 and represents a weekly rise of 10p per household based on a Band D property.
Presenting the proposals to members, Finance and General Purposes Committee Chair, Councillor David Giles, told members that there had been an unprecedented response by the public to the council's recent budget consultation exercise with 222 residents providing their feedback and suggestions.
"If members had accepted all of the identified priorities we would have had to ask for an increase in the precept exceeding 20%", he said.
"Instead we have balanced those items which the public have identified as being most important to them with the strategy set out by the council in its Strategy Document 2016-2019 in order to present a balanced and fair approach."
The budget reflects the reality that Torbay Council are no longer able to provide core funding in the non-statutory area of their budget and we make no apology for stepping into the breach to help our local organisations."
Major support includes:
"We have also retained the Seasonal Display budget at £20,000."
"We have rejected a request from the Police for £4,000 to fund Automatic Number Plate Recognition equipment (ANPR) as we agree with our community that to provide such funding, even for such a valuable item in the fight against crime, would clearly be double taxation, and we have also set aside any consideration of the introduction of a Town Centre Manager as we look to Torbay Council to take the lead in the redevelopment of our town."
"Finally, to ensure that the precept increase is kept to the minimum possible we are bringing forward £10,000 from the General Reserve into the budget, and in doing so we believe that we have properly balanced the needs of the community with fiscal responsibility."
Brixham Town Council seeking Manager to run the Pannier MarketAn opportunity has opened up for a member of the public or business community to step forward to run the Pannier Market following the resignation of the present manager who is leaving the post in order to further other business opportunities.Town Clerk, Tracy Hallett, says that in the past year there have been significant strides forward in the way the Pannier Market has ben managed and thanked the outgoing manager for establishing the market as a viable operation.
"However, we now have to look to the future and while Brixham Town Council are looking at a range of ideas for continuing the market, we are agreed that our preferred option is to find a member of the public or business person to take it on and drive it forward, building on the work that has been done over the past year" she said.
“We want to hear from anyone who is interested in taking up this opportunity, including the existing traders in the market, and would ask them to contact the Town Hall on 01803 859678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org