DCC: Denbighshire County Council supports the Scala

The redevelopment of the Scala Cinema, Prestatyn, is one step closer after Denbighshire County Council gave its support to the scheme. Denbighshire has agreed to allocate a maximum of £376,000 from the current Captial Plan to the project. However, the project will only go ahead if Denbighshire receives written confirmation of funding and contractual commitment of £1.1 million from Prestatyn Town Council, and other external funders, by December 31 this year. Councillor Sue Roberts, Cabinet Lead Member for Promoting Denbighshire, said:

“We’re delighted that Denbighshire County Council has confirmed its support for the Scala project. “I would like to personally thank officers, councillors, the Scala Advisory Group, and the ground-breaking decision by Prestatyn Town Council to find substantial capital resources to support the scheme. “I will continue to work together with officers and Council Members to try and reduce yet further the funding provided by Denbighshire.”

Source: Denbighshire County Council Press Release

Friends of the Scala Christmas Fair

Friends of the Scala will be holding their Christmas Fair on Saturday 2nd December 10am-12pm at the Presbyterian church hall, Nant Hall Road Prestatyn. Admission will be 60 pence on the door to include tea/ coffee and biscuits. various stalls and a Raffle, we will also be selling Christmas decorations.

Anyone interested in having a stall should contact Sandra 01745 888154 or email through the site stating you want a stall on the Christmas fair. Rent for stalls will be £5 payable before the day if you want a stall kept for you. We look forward to seeing you there for a nice cuppa!

Good news for Prestatyn & Friends of the Scala

We heard at 5 pm tonight that Denbighshire County Council voted yes to the new Scala going ahead at their cabinet meeting this morning. This is wonderful news for The Friends as our Campaigning has finally paid off. I’m not entirely sure of all the details but all we are waiting for now is the monies to be secured by Prestatyn Town Council and we are ready for the off, Sandra has been on the telephone all evening with the local papers wanting to get her views on the outcome so keep your eyes out for the stories in the coming weeks, thank you to everyone who has supported us and will still support us although this is great news The Friends still have a lot of work to do while the new building is being constructed and when it is open and up and running.

Friends of the Scala becomes a registered Charity

Good News came via Royal Mail this morning, Friends of the Scala has successfully completed and been accepted as a charity by the Charity commission, we are now officially a registered Charity. Onwards and upwards for the group now as this means we will be able to apply for a lot more funding to help the group carry on its crucial work on the New Scala Project and within the community.

The Registered Charity number is: 1116865.

The Visitor: £1 Million For Scala

ONE of the biggest ever funding contributions from a town council looks set to breathe life into an under-threat cinema development. At a private meeting last week, Prestatyn councillors unanimously pledged to contribute up to £1 million from the town’s coffers towards the beleaguered Scala project.

However, the move depends on whether Denbighshire County Council, at a crucial meeting on November 21, choose to support the £3.4 million scheme. If they decide to scrap plans for the facility, then £1.5 million in Assembly grants could be lost. Other sources will be targetted for the remainder required.

“It’s an absolutely huge contribution,” said Prestatyn town clerk Nigel Acott. “Having said that, it does spark a bit of a renaissance in the role of the town council, as it shows we are willing to invest amounts like that.”

He revealed the money would come from a loan taken out either through the public works board or from a bank, offset by the town’s assets, which include four community centres.

The authority already has around £100,000 saved, but will need to fund the rest primarily through its council tax precept.

“It is definitely the biggest contribution I know of in Wales, certainly for this type of development,” said Mr Acott.”But it depends on what happens at this meeting on November 21. Denbighshire will decide whether they will support the scheme, and, if so, determine how much they are going to put towards it.”

Friends of the Scala chairwoman Sandra Pitt was delighted by the news.

“We are not greedy – we were all happy with the Scala we had before, it was the council who wanted to elaborate on it,” she said. “All the people wanted – and still want – is a facility for the town.”

Mayor Sharon Frobisher added:

“Whilst many people may have concerns about the potential impact on council tax, the sums amount to less than 17p per week per household.

“In return they will have a tremendous multi-purpose community facility with digital cinema, meeting rooms, cafe, theatre and display area.”

Rhyl Journal: Residents quizzed on Scala’s Future

PRESTATYN residents are to be quizzed for their views on plans to redevelop the town’s Scala into a new arts centre. Friends of the Scala action group will distribute questionnaires to every household in Prestatyn over the next week in an attempt to gauge how vital the project is considered to the town’s regeneration.

Once home to a cinema, The Scala, has lay derelict since 2000.

Plans for its transformation into a new arts centre have received the backing of Denbighshire County Council and the authority has begun attracting funding including a promise of £1.5million from the Welsh Assembly.

The project is believed to be at the centre of the sacking of Denbighshire’s finance boss, Paul Marfleet, who is understood to have recommended to Denbighshire Leader, Rhiannon Hughes, that the scheme be abandoned. The people of Prestatyn have been given until November to show their support for the new-look Scala.

Sandra Pitt, Chairperson of Friends of the Scala, said: “All we want to do is prove to Denbighshire County Council that the people of Prestatyn still want the Scala after six years.

“It is vital to the regeneration of the High Street and is a focal point that will bring businesses to the town.

“At the moment it looks an eyesore. It is a needed facility and when it was there it was our community centre.” Sandra explained the action group had received great levels of support from local people, whether it was adding their name to a petition, or like primary school pupil Ashley Dean Jones Bryan, who has organised his own sponsored walk. “Ashley decided to do this off his own bat because he wanted to go to the cinema and isn’t old enough to go into Rhyl. “He is typical of many people who are passionate about the Scala. “Prestatyn has sold off enough of its assets that’s why we must keep the Scala.”

Source: Rhyl Journal article