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Seagull cultural hub for Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 11:20 24 December 2007 | UPDATED: 19:20 05 July 2010

WITH reference to the article (December 7) "Cultural hub vision for theatre"; I should like to point out that there is already a 100- seat theatre with workshop, rehearsal space and classroom in Pakefield.

WITH reference to the article (December 7) “Cultural hub vision for theatre”; I should like to point out that there is already a 100- seat theatre with workshop, rehearsal space and classroom in Pakefield.

Public support for the campaign to reopen the Seagull Theatre has been overwhelming both in support of fundraising events and donations.

It also involves saving a valuable Victorian building, so surely it would be a feather in the cap of the arts and heritage department of Waveney District Council to give their support rather than compete with this venture which has already had so much public support and been worked on so hard by the steering committee and many others who have given their time for free.

The town centre site next to the Marina is not an advantage since many people are wary of walking town centre streets in the evenings to get to and from parking areas. The Seagull has its own parking area and is within easy reach of the residents of Pakefield for whom this would be a welcome amenity.

The Marina Theatre has nothing more than its main auditorium and a small bar area.

Maybe Waveney should look at more efficient deployment of the premises they own rather than taking on more liabilities at a time when their aim is to cut down on expenditure.

The Seagull was part of the Suffolk County Council education department and many of the users are waiting to get back the facilities they used for education and performance. In addition it would become available as a community centre for Pakefield.

I urge Waveney to listen to the people of Lowestoft who are supporting the reopening of the Seagull Theatre.

If the council persist in their bid to prevent it happening I'm sure there will be those who would boycott the expensive, unnecessary alternative venture by a council with no available finance to set it up or maintain it.

Let's have some serious consultation with interested parties.

CAROLYN REEDER

Chairman of Lowestoft Arts

Flixton

This wins our Letter of the Week Award and the writer will receive a bouquet courtesy of Sansom's Florists.

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