Trust helps protect Worthing theatres’ futures

A TRUST which had hoped to take over the running of Worthing’s theatres has been helping to protect the facilities’ future.

Last year, the Worthing Theatres Trust was one of several organisations to submit a bid to become the operator of the town’s four entertainment venues – the Pavilion Theatre, the Connaught theatre, RitzDigital and the Assembly Hall.

But after a six-month consultation process Worthing Borough Council, which currently runs the theatres, announced in November it would be more cost-effective to keep them in-house.

Now, the trust has revealed it is working with the council to help make the venues profitable over the next five years.

Trust chairman Jon Woodley said: “We continue to be committed to helping to preserve the structure, fabric and public interaction of Worthing Theatres in order to protect and strengthen the rich heritage that Worthing has in the provision of the creative arts. We see this sector as a key contributor to the future economic and cultural well-being of Worthing, and we will work tirelessly in co-operation with the council to achieve these ends.”

Since Christmas, the trust has had two sets of talks with council members and officers to explore how they can work together to the town’s benefit.

The trust said it was felt the discussions had been positive and it hoped to continue its relationship with the council.