Monday 23 April 2007

Warehouse Theatre Opposes CPO

The Warehouse Theatre opposes Croydon Council's compulsory purchase order on the land adjacent to East Croydon station.

The Board of Management of the Warehouse Theatre Company, in February 2004, said:

"We seek a replacement for our current building, as we not only out-grew it some time ago, but it also does not comply with disability regulations, nor have enough seats to continue for much longer to be commercially viable.

We welcome the offer by Stanhope/Schroder for a £3m replacement theatre in their proposals. This has not been offered by the other potential developer, Arrowcroft. We believe that the provision of a theatre adds enormous value and diversity to any development.

Our responsibility is to ensure that we have a venue in Croydon to undertake our core activities as a producing theatre for new writing, providing entertainment & education for the benefit of the Croydon community.

Accordingly, the company will seek meetings with officers and members of Croydon Council, the Mayor of London, developers, government ministers etc. to negotiate the replacement of our building in the development

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