Cri­sis-hit the­atre will re­main open

Com­mu­nity hand-over talks

West Lothian Courier - - News - Deb­bie Hall

Clubs and groups will still be able to use the cri­sis-hit Re­gal The­atre in Bath­gate and the build­ing will re­main open.

The pledge was made after Re­gal Com­mu­nity The­atre Bath­gate Lim­ited (RCTBL) went into vol­un­tary liq­ui­da­tion forc­ing the can­cel­la­tion of all shows booked after August 31.

The board leases the art deco the­atre from West Loth­ian Coun­cil and talks are now un­der­way to hand it back.

Liq­uida­tors KPMG are deal­ing with the han­dover, which could be wrapped up as soon as the end of this week.

A coun­cil spokesper­son said it was ex­pected the the­atre will re­main open in the mean­time and in the fu­ture for lo­cal clubs and groups to let and those af­fected by can­cel­la­tions should al­ready have been in­formed.

It is hoped the Re­gal Per­for­mance Academy will also con­tinue as will Re­gal Ra­dio and the monthly film club.

An em­ploy­ment fair or­gan­ised by Fiona Hyslop to­mor­row (Fri­day) will also go ahead.

A West Loth­ian Coun­cil spokesper­son said: “We will work with RCTBL, to en­sure an or­derly han­dover of the Re­gal back to the coun­cil and en­sure that com­mu­nity lets can be main­tained.

“Given de­vel­op­ments, the coun­cil has agreed that a con­sul­ta­tion will be car­ried out with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and user groups to search for a vi­able com­mu­nity use for the prop­erty.”

RCTBL chair­man Ron­nie Barnes added: “We would like to thank every­one who has worked hard in the last few years to try and keep the Re­gal go­ing, es­pe­cially our com­mit­ted, hard- work­ing staff, ded­i­cated vol­un­teers and loyal mem­bers of the pub­lic.

“Thanks must also go to West Loth­ian Coun­cil for their con­tin­ued fi­nan­cial sup­port and on­go­ing ad­vice that has al­lowed us to con­tinue trad­ing thus far.

“We hope a sus­tain­able, pos­i­tive fu­ture can be found for the Re­gal, to en­sure that such a dis­tinc­tive build­ing can con­tinue to play an im­por­tant role in com­mu­nity life in Bath­gate.”

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