Council vows to minimise impact of Ark Theatre's in Borehamwood's temporary closure

The Ark Theatre

The Ark Theatre

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Hertsmere Borough Council has promised it will ensure the impact on the community of a theatre’s temporary closure will be kept to a minimum.

Councillor Harvey Cohen, who is responsible for planning, said the council vowed to do its best to support all the groups that use The Ark Theatre in Thrift Farm Lane in Borehamwood when the theatre closes at the end of the academic year.

He said: “We will do our best to ensure the closure of the Ark Theatre has as little impact on the community as possible.

“Each of the many community groups that use the Ark Theatre will be able to use interim homes in the surrounding area and transport to them when necessary, all without charge."

He added the council was keeping a close eye on developers working on plans for the new Hertswood Academy site in Cowley Hill, where the new Ark Theatre would open before September 2016.

The representative for Brookmeadow said: “We are dissatisfied with the plans for the theatre we’ve seen and will ensure new ones are drawn up.

“The current buildings at Hertswood Academy are not good enough and the Ark Theatre does unfortunately need to be demolished so the school can afford to redevelop.

“However the town deserves a theatre that is as good, if not better than the current Ark Theatre, and the council will do its utmost to make sure one is built.”

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8:09am Wed 8 Jan 14

Billy_Boy says...

This is all so greedy developers and the greedy HCC can cram in more rabbit hutch 'apartments' in over populated BW. Despicable.
This is all so greedy developers and the greedy HCC can cram in more rabbit hutch 'apartments' in over populated BW. Despicable. Billy_Boy
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10:05am Wed 8 Jan 14

pwelsh says...

can i ask the council to qualify and expand on part of their statement. are they saying any community group using the Ark will be offered free of charge other venues as and when required ? what is meant by the offer of free transport as well ? who does that apply to and how will that be organised ?
what about the vast majority of shows put on at the theatre which are not community groups?
how long is the proposed closure ? how many of the theatre users are being consulted on the new theatre's design ?
can i ask the council to qualify and expand on part of their statement. are they saying any community group using the Ark will be offered free of charge other venues as and when required ? what is meant by the offer of free transport as well ? who does that apply to and how will that be organised ? what about the vast majority of shows put on at the theatre which are not community groups? how long is the proposed closure ? how many of the theatre users are being consulted on the new theatre's design ? pwelsh
  • Score: 9

12:22pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Palma21 says...

Why can't we have as good a theatre as Radlett ? Borehamwood is the biggest town in Hertsmere, with a third of the population of the borough and we should have a theatre which acknowledges that..
Why can't we have as good a theatre as Radlett ? Borehamwood is the biggest town in Hertsmere, with a third of the population of the borough and we should have a theatre which acknowledges that.. Palma21
  • Score: 4

7:10am Thu 9 Jan 14

Believe in better says...

As Hertsmere Borough Council own Elstree Studios, I wondered if anyone had considered this as a possible alternative for the Ark Theatre groups to continue during the interim period that the theatre is closed. For one it is easily accessible and the Council would not need to spend money unnecessarily on transport. In addition to this, as they already own the studios they would not need to spend money on renting alternative premises. There must be some available space given the size of the studios? Anyone got any idea if this is feasible?
As Hertsmere Borough Council own Elstree Studios, I wondered if anyone had considered this as a possible alternative for the Ark Theatre groups to continue during the interim period that the theatre is closed. For one it is easily accessible and the Council would not need to spend money unnecessarily on transport. In addition to this, as they already own the studios they would not need to spend money on renting alternative premises. There must be some available space given the size of the studios? Anyone got any idea if this is feasible? Believe in better
  • Score: 5

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