Petition launched to save Weymouth Pavilion

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A petition has been launched to try to extend the time local groups have to submit a proposal for running Weymouth Pavilion Theatre.

The building is under threat of closure and possibly demolition after Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, which owns the venue, said it would cost too much to run in the coming years. The council has invited voluntary and private groups to submit business plans for the building, while its own proposals for demolition were being put out to public consultation.

Local campaigners are calling on the council to agree to a notice period of one financial year if it decides to shut the site, so that groups have sufficient time to put together a plan to take over the theatre.

The petition, via, has attracted more than 700 signatures and says: “It cannot be right that the community has just one month’s notice to organise themselves to submit a viable proposal with a strong financial plan.”

A spokeswoman for the council said groups were able to submit proposals from December 4, 2012 to January 16, 2013.


  1. As a family we are devastated to learn of the closure of the pavilion theatre and yet another devastating blow to this town. Over the years we have enjoyed many shows and indeed both myself and 3 of my daughters have danced on the stage at the pavilion, one of them still does very regularly, and I was looking forward to watching my grandchildren perform in the very near future. I feel as a community we all need to offer our support and do all we can to fight the closure of such an important building.

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