‘Spend developer money on theatre’

Wallingford mayor Bernard Stone

Wallingford mayor Bernard Stone

First published in News

DEVELOPER cash should be spent not on a new piece of public art but on restoring Wallingford’s theatre, it has been argued.

Supermarket firm Morrisons will hand over £50,000 to be spent on “public art” as part of a deal agreed to bring a store to the town.

But the Corn Exchange in Market Place will be in need of a new roof by next year in a project which could cost £500,000.

John Warburton, manager of the Grade II listed theatre, said the venue offered “public art” and needed the money as it was run by volunteers.

He said: “I do not think the Corn Exchange is a better candidate than any other charity but I do not think an artist who gets paid £50,000 is the best choice in these hard times.”

Morrisons won planning permission last July for a 30,000sqft store on the Hithercroft estate which it says will create 300 jobs and give a £6.7m boost to the local economy every year.

As part of the agreement to move to the town, the chain will have to provide funding for art in the town.

Wallingford mayor Bernard Stone said he welcomed the idea of giving the art money to the 176-seat theatre, run by The Sinodun Players, but said it would depend on whether theatre could be considered a form of public art under the Section 106 agreement covering developer contributions.

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8:39am Wed 23 Apr 14

wallingford4 says...

But the Corn Exchange is a functioning business, why should a donation be used to fund repairs?
But the Corn Exchange is a functioning business, why should a donation be used to fund repairs? wallingford4
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7:10pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Abingdon girl says...

The Corn Exchange is Not a "functioning business".... It is run as not for profit, by volunteers, for the local community's benefit! This sounds like a great idea to me...Morrisons should take note.
The Corn Exchange is Not a "functioning business".... It is run as not for profit, by volunteers, for the local community's benefit! This sounds like a great idea to me...Morrisons should take note. Abingdon girl
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10:15am Thu 24 Apr 14

wallingford4 says...

Abingdon girl wrote:
The Corn Exchange is Not a "functioning business".... It is run as not for profit, by volunteers, for the local community's benefit! This sounds like a great idea to me...Morrisons should take note.
Then maybe it should be run as a business rather than relying on donations..........
[quote][p][bold]Abingdon girl[/bold] wrote: The Corn Exchange is Not a "functioning business".... It is run as not for profit, by volunteers, for the local community's benefit! This sounds like a great idea to me...Morrisons should take note.[/p][/quote]Then maybe it should be run as a business rather than relying on donations.......... wallingford4
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5:29pm Thu 24 Apr 14

youkaygreen says...

Good news but surely the money needs to spent on public art and hence benefit the "public" - not the few that choose to watch a film or play
Good news but surely the money needs to spent on public art and hence benefit the "public" - not the few that choose to watch a film or play youkaygreen
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11:08am Fri 25 Apr 14

piper2011 says...

After seeing the 'public art(laughing stock) that has just been put up in didcot, i think the theatre roof would be a better use of money
After seeing the 'public art(laughing stock) that has just been put up in didcot, i think the theatre roof would be a better use of money piper2011
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12:29pm Fri 25 Apr 14

scrapths says...

I also disagree with spending money on these odd installations you see popping up all over the place.
Perhaps the money could go towards a public gallery (in the Town Hall, or "pop up" style in empty shops maybe?) that could be used to display locally created artwork, crafts, sculpture etc. and free for anyone to look at. This way we (the Wallingford public) get the benefit of experiencing many different types of art rather than being stuck with something permanent (or invisible like roof repairs) that only one or two people would ever appreciate.
I also disagree with spending money on these odd installations you see popping up all over the place. Perhaps the money could go towards a public gallery (in the Town Hall, or "pop up" style in empty shops maybe?) that could be used to display locally created artwork, crafts, sculpture etc. and free for anyone to look at. This way we (the Wallingford public) get the benefit of experiencing many different types of art rather than being stuck with something permanent (or invisible like roof repairs) that only one or two people would ever appreciate. scrapths
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