Weymouth and Portland Borough Council: we ask for 1 year's notice prior to closing/demolishing Pavilion Theatre Complex
  • Petitioned Councillor Mike Goodman

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Weymouth & Portland Borough Councillor, Chairman Management Committee
Councillor Mike Goodman

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council: we ask for 1 year's notice prior to closing/demolishing Pavilion Theatre Complex

    1. Jane McKell
    2. Petition by

      Jane McKell

      Osmington, Weymouth, United Kingdom

The Weymouth Pavilion Complex is owned by the people of the Borough of Weymouth and Portland; and consider it to be unreasonable to ask for a proposal (and detailed financial plan) of this importance and complexity to be prepared in less than a month for a Community take-over of the building, staff and services. 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. This says it all!

      Jane McKell
      Petition Organizer
      Dorset Eye - Dorset Community News Reported By the public

      Welcome to Dorset Eye - Dorset's only news outlet for the people of Dorset-By the people of Dorset. Reports are submitted by people 'on the scene as it happens' giving their own unique view on the subject in hand. Take part and discuss what matters to you!

    2. W & P B C Management Committee vote to allow Community tenders!

      Jane McKell
      Petition Organizer

      The good news is - W & P B C Management Committee voted this Tuesday (morning) 5 Feb to recommend to the full council meeting on Feb 21 to allow Community tenders to run the Weymouth Pavilion Theatre! The bad news is they are suggesting closing it - which makes life very difficult for anyone to take it on with no staff, bookings or contracted services in place. This petition is to be presented at the Full Council Committee Meeting - asking for a year - and if not at least 6 months - to see proposals developed and presented with viable financial plans, and some very skilled people in governance to take over 'a going concern'. This I propose is right and fair. "The only true solution of our political and social problems lies in cultivating everywhere the spirit of brotherhood, of fellow feeling and understanding between man and man, and the willingness to treat a man as a man."
      -- Theodore Roosevelt

    3. Two day extension for petition

      Jane McKell
      Petition Organizer

      We are encouraged to stay on the Internet until Wednesday midday. This will be the absolute deadline. So - come on supporters get your friends, relatives and colleagues to sign, comment and share giving us a final flurry. Thank you.

    4. 23 votes before 9 pm!

      Jane McKell
      Petition Organizer

      Please keep sharing its coming down tonight! “All of the arts, poetry, music, ritual, the visible arts, the theatre, must singly and together create the most comprehensive art of all, a humanized society, and its masterpiece, free man” Bernard Berenson (American Critic)

    5. 31 votes before midnight!

      Jane McKell
      Petition Organizer

      Please share the link and get anyone who believes in Theatre and a cultural hub to sign the petition. Best wishes and big thanks Jane

    6. 1193 - lets make 1250 by Sunday night please!

      Jane McKell
      Petition Organizer

      Please, please do a final share of this petition as it comes down on Monday; so make sure your family, colleagues and friends sign and make a comment - the latter is important.
      Life's like a play; it's not the length but the excellence of the acting that matters." - Seneca, Roman Philosopher (1st century A.D.)

    7. 1181 and 4 days to go!

      Jane McKell
      Petition Organizer
      Time for council leader to resign

      RE: 'Council leader hits back over Pavilion internet campaign' on Friday, January 25, I write this open letter to Coun Mike Goodman: Sir, alluding to your career as a Royal Navy officer, I remind you Weymouth & Portland Borough (W&PB) is not your ship, it is our town.

    8. 1169 - target 1500 by Friday!

      Jane McKell
      Petition Organizer

      HAMLET: 'To be, or not to be--that is the question:
      Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
      The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
      Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
      And by opposing end them....' by William Shakespeare

      Keep sharing, nagging, getting all you know to sign this petition and by comment voice their opinion in opposition to this shot gun council reaction to saving money.

    9. 1108 signatures!

      Jane McKell
      Petition Organizer

      "Show business is like sex. When it's wonderful, it's wonderful. But when it isn't very good, it's still all right." - Max Wall Just thought this might bring a smile - but it also hits the nail on the head! All theatre is better than no theatre!

    10. Council Leader hits back at Internet Campaign

      Jane McKell
      Petition Organizer

      KEEP SIGNING & SHARING I was interviewed for this excellent Dorset Echo news piece in today's paper some ten days ago; however it's a little out of date. The petition is up to 1078 and rising, one every few minutes at the moment. The comments are mini-letters to our Borough Council all with valid reasons for keeping this theatre. Mostly the signatures are from within the Borough but quite some few come from theatre people, visitors and ex-Weymouthians - some from as far away as LA USA, and New Zealand. I have so enjoyed reading every comment as to why Weymouth should keep its theatre - and more importantly - for it to be run it to its full potential if necessary by the community for the community. I urge the Council to go on-line and read them. 'Do You Hear the People Sing,,,' to the barricades! Keep signing and sharing! http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/10184616.Council_leader_Mike_Goodman_hits_back_over_Pavilion_internet_campaign/

    11. Murders, political intrigue, lucrative business, secret assignations...

      Jane McKell
      Petition Organizer

      Keep sharing this with like-minded friends to keep this Theatre standing. The very Culture of our country is threatened with so many closing, demolished and sold on to developers to make a 'wacking profit'. “Theatres are curious places, magician's trick-boxes where the golden memories of dramatic triumphs linger like nostalgic ghosts, and where the unexplainable, the fantastic, the tragic, the comic and the absurd are routine occurrences on and off the stage. Murders, mayhem, political intrigue, lucrative business, secret assignations, and of course, dinner.”
      ― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

    12. Reached 1,000 signatures
    13. Passport to fun!

      Jane McKell
      Petition Organizer

      Keep our theatre in Weymouth alive - please keep plugging / sharing/ retweeting/emailing the link. We applaud you!

      From the start it has been the theatre's business to entertain people ... it needs no other passport than fun.

      BERTOLT BRECHT, A Short Organum for the Theatre

    14. Come to Weymouth Mr Tarantino!

      Jane McKell
      Petition Organizer

      My plan is to have a theatre in some small town or something and I'll be manager. Ill be the crazy old movie guy. Quentin Tarantino
      Come to Weymouth Mr Tarantino!
      Thank you, thank you for all the support :) This petition has another week to run. Please get all your friends and family, colleagues and business friends within the Borough of Weymouth and Portland to sign - others are welcome too...but our own Borough is the key to getting what we need from the Council..

    15. Need more Weymouth & Portland Borough residents & business to sign

      Jane McKell
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for signing, and to those who have also shared this petition their network on fb or email or Twitter. We need more Weymouth & Portland Borough residents & business to sign to make absolutely sure this petition is on the Agenda of the next W & P B C full committee meeting. Here is a link to the NODA Aaward winning WOW Youth Musical Theatre Company who perform for two weeks a year at the Weymouth Pavilion Theatre http://www.wow.btck.co.uk/

      Weymouth and Portland Borough Council: we ask for 1 year's notice prior to closing/demolishing Pavilion Theatre Complex

      The Weymouth Pavilion Complex is owned by the people of the Borough of Weymouth and Portland; and consider it to be unreasonable to ask for a proposal...

    16. 820 signs - keep sharing; a message to the young who have signed!

      Jane McKell
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you. You are giving voice to what you want, asking for the Councillors of Weymouth and Portland to listen to those who elected them - and those wider afield who care: maybe those who visit the town, or used to live or work here. We have a chance to run the Weymouth Pavilion 'By the Community For the Community'. Young votes are essential because you are the generation who will benefit; I and those of my age are merely custodians for now. Food for thought from OSCAR WILDE: 'I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being'.
      Oscar Wilde

    17. Thank you

      Jane McKell
      Petition Organizer

      Comments on how we can keep this theatre viable are also greatly appreciated - all ideas and suggestions welcomed! Weymouth and Portland residents - we need to be as passionate as other Boroughs to save our theatre. Please keep sharing the link to this site and asking locals as well as others to sign and comment. Your signature is great but you can bring 30 more by fb, email and tweet. I cannot stress enough how important it is we get at least 600 signatures from business' or residents from within the Borough of W & P to make sure this petition is eligible to be on the Agenda for discussion at the next full W & P Borough Council meeting. Blessings :)

    18. Reached 750 signatures
    19. Residents Business Supporters within the Borough of Weymouth &Portland

      Jane McKell
      Petition Organizer

      Please get your colleagues, family and friends within the Borough to sign this document - as 600 signatures from Weymouth and Portland Borough rate-payers means we can get the petition's request discussed at the next full Weymouth & Portland Borough Council meeting. We need our Council to listen! Bless and thank you.

    20. Council spending £1 Million on public toilets; & knocking down Theatre?

      Jane McKell
      Petition Organizer

      Have they gone mad? Yes we need public toilets - but do we need to spend £1 million and then spend another £500,000 knocking down a theatre? With the asbestos in the building I would suggest this will cost a lot more - more like another million. They will also have to spend £200,000 finding alternative venues to promote the town, house the TIC, hold Council meetings and events; and lose the £60,000 of car parking from events at the Pavilion and events. Let alone the loss of the community entertainment and leisure centre.

    21. Signatures snowballed

      Jane McKell
      Petition Organizer

      666 - so going for 1000; let's show the council how passionate we are about keeping our theatre; if necessary run by the community for the community. If there are any business's out there interesting in gaining heightened branding in partnership with us; sign and contact me at: info@asone-dorset.co.uk

    22. 602 UK wide signs!

      Jane McKell
      Petition Organizer

      We need some more local comment for our council to take notice! 600 signatures from WITHIN W & P Borough means HAS TO be put on the next Full Council Meeting's Agenda! So keep sharing even though you have signed; and encourage comment of why is important to have a theatre, ballroom and conference complex in a seaside town; and suggestions for solutions to achieve this please x

    23. Please keep sharing and getting friends to sign

      Jane McKell
      Petition Organizer

      Particularly the peeps from Weymouth and Portland - it is your theatre and leisure complex. With 600 or more signatures from peeps who live and or work in the borough the full council will have to put it on the Agenda for full discussion at their next meeting. Get signing all! Keep the Art at the Heart of Weymouth & Portland.

    24. Half way!

      Jane McKell
      Petition Organizer

      W & P B Councillors please understand that we are in full SUPPORT THE SAVE THE PAVILION proposal. This is a back-up plan.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • John Moyce WEYMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      The complex has many uses and could have a lot more. It is needed for the future development of young artists

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    • Vincent Hawkins WEYMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      I enjoy going to the theatre as well as the cinema

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    • Kathleen Thomas NEWARK, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      It is important to me, because my 2 nephews have been in many shows there. How can youngsters be encouraged when councils get rid of places like this?

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    • Glenis French BRIDPORT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      There is nothing much going on in this area, please don't take it away!

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    • Jane Steele WEYMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      good shows locals visitors need it

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