Theatr Gwaun funding decision called in

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The final curtain has not yet fallen at Theatr Gwaun, as the cabinet’s decision to stop operating the venue has been called in.

Fishguard County Councillor Myles Pepper says while the decision was made on economic grounds, the social implications need to be considered.

Pembrokeshire County Council decided to stop operating the loss-making theatre at the end of March, and last week cabinet members agreed that the facility was unsustainable.

But Friends of Theatr Gwaun, who have been fighting to save the venue, say it could have a viable and diverse future in the community.

The issue is now due to be discussed by the children and families overview and scrutiny committee this month.

Cllr Pepper described the move as a positive step forward, and invited interested parties to go along and “observe democracy being delivered”.

He had called for a rise in the precept which could go towards funding the theatre, and other innovative ideas, and secured a dispensation to allow time for this to be explored.

He said the investment could have a positive knock-on effect on the town, and local residents could be given credit in the theatre, perhaps in the form of vouchers, and gain money back.

He also states that if facilities were available in Fishguard, residents would also save money they would otherwise spend travelling “in their quest for cultural nourishment”.

He said: “There should be a public debate.

“They might decide to raise the precept for another reason, but I want the people of Fishguard to have a voice.”

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