A report on the Regeneration of South Street/Fore Street to go to next week’s Scrutiny Committee: Economy highlights that as part of this work, there would be an examination of the need for a new performance venue in Exeter and whether the current building or its site has a role to play in meeting any such requirement.
As a result of this announcement, I received this e-mail from Peter Goodwin, Chair of Theatre for Exeter Group CIC
Hello Supporter, Friend, Theatre Lover, etc.
You may have seen today’s edition of the local paper – the Express and Echo. But if you haven’t, here is a link to the article that gives wonderful news to anyone who has thought that Exeter could do with a new performance space. It was headlined on the front page with Hopes raised for new theatre in City Centre
Cllr Rosie Denham kindly made time to attend the meeting last night of the Theatre for Exeter Group so that she could tell us the news in person and give us a little more insight into the talks that have been talking place. She was very positive about the TFE group and expressed gratitude for the work that we have been doing over the past three years saying that our report and the further research that we have undertaken will be hugely valuable in the consultations announced today.
Her next step is to put together a steering group for the consultations and she hoped that the TFEG would stay together with a representative sitting on the new group. She feels that we speak with the ‘public voice’ as to what is needed in the city and she values our contributions. Work on forming the steering group will start very soon and it is hoped that the consultations will take place over the summer with a report ready before the end of the year. Of course, the entire City Council is being re-elected in May because of the local boundary changes but we are fairly confident that whatever happens politically, this project will have cross-party support and will be pushed forward.
So – thank you for your continued support, signing petitions, writing to the papers and to the Council, and especially to those who have donated to help us pay for the website (soon to be updated), brochures, public meetings, etc. The TFEG will continue to meet with renewed vigour as we are determined that now the ball has definitely started rolling (with a huge kick from the Council), we are not going to let it stop until it has reached its goal!
Do spread the word.
With best wishes,
Chair – Theatre for Exeter Group CIC