A message from Sandra Pitt, Chair Person of Friends of the Scala

September 2006

We would like to thank the Councillors who represent Prestatyn, for their support in our campaign to re-open the New Scala Cinema, Arts Centre, Live Theatre and Café Bar.

As a group we would like to visualise working together with our Councillors, in order to realise the hopes and dreams of the Prestatyn residents and visitors and look forward to the reopening of a facility that will be used by ALL groups of ALL ages. The finished product will have a Cinema, Arts Centre and Live Theatre, Conference Facilities, Meeting Rooms and a Café Bar. It will once again become the hub of Prestatyn’s High Street.

The Scala site is the most important part of the regeneration of the town. We are now asking residents, visitors and user groups from the town and surrounding areas to support us by fund raising. This has to be a community effort, not just by the adults but also the schools and user groups.

Let`s not forget our teenagers, they will have the ideas and usually unique ways to raise money!

Please support Prestatyn and get in touch and if you need any help with your ideas and we will do our best to help you.

Telephone 0788 6754871 or 0771 9970748

Sandra Pitt

Chairperson,

Friends of Scala, Prestatyn

DCC: Council agrees changes to Capital Plan

The people of Prestatyn have been given two months to prove that they can make the Scala work as a community project.

Today (Tuesday) Denbighshire County Council unanimously decided to give Prestatyn Town Council and residents until November to prove that they can take forward the project to create a community arts centre at the former town centre cinema.

The decision came following a thorough debate on the Capital Plan in which nearly twenty members spoke and which resulted in the following unanimous decisions:

1. In view of information from the Capital Task Group, to defer a decision on the Scala to the Council meeting in November, to allow the opportunity for Prestatyn Town Council and residents to take the project forward. Pending that decision, the allocation previously made for this project should be moved to an unallocated reserve;

2. The Ruthin Craft Centre project should continue subject to the same condition as the current Council decision of the tender being within budget;

3. Past allocations made for community capital projects that lapse, in line with the Cabinet’s decision in July 2006, should be ring-fenced for reallocation to other community capital projects, with the normal allocation for these projects being reviewed annually before bids are invited;

4. The Capital Task Group should continue, with a remit to review the current procedures surrounding the capital plan and secondly to consider the medium term capital planning requirements.

5. Future strategic planning should include town strategies and encompass the rural strategy being developed, as well as taking account of the Vision, Spatial Plan and the LDP.

The report of the Capital Task Group was introduced by the Chief Executive, Ian Miller, who told councillors that references to “a black hole” and “the Rhuddlan debt” were irresponsible, inappropriate and inaccurate.

The Council has not committed itself to proceeding with projects for which funding is not in place. However, all capital resources have been allocated for the next three years. The focus for the Council’s debate was whether it should create additional flexibility within the capital plan over the next three years, in addition to the allocation that had already been made for contingencies.

Source: Denbighshire County Council Press Release 19.09.06