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

DCC: Denbighshire moving forwards

Denbighshire County Council is moving forward with the next phase of four major projects, costing £20m, bringing better services for local people, building two new schools, and creating a regional centre of excellence in the arts.

At a meeting of the Council’s Cabinet on Tuesday, members agreed to proceed with plans for the new Tir Morfa special school in Rhyl, with building a new Primary School in Prestatyn, subject to Welsh Assembly approval, and to invite tenders for the Scala Arts Centre project in Prestatyn and for the project to transform Ruthin Craft Centre in to a world centre for applied arts. The projects have already attracted grant funding from the Welsh Assembly Government and the Arts Council for Wales.

In addition it has also been agreed to allocate £25,000 for work necessary in preparing the next stage of for Lottery Funding for the Helicon proposal to redevelop the site of the Royal International Pavilion in Llangollen.

Cllr Paul Marfleet, Lead Member for Finance said:

“Each of these projects involves a major commitment by the council in terms of capital spending. As a council we are fully committed to investing in the future and working with partner organisations to secure funding for these projects.

“The new Tir Morfa special school will be an excellent facility and the proposal for Ruthin Craft Centre will develop the site on a world class scale.

“The new primary school in Prestatyn is a priority which we are fully committed to and ready to proceed with, subject to Welsh Assembly ministerial approval, and the Scala Arts Centre project plays a pivotal role in the regeneration of the town.”

“This is a very exciting time and it is excellent that these projects have already generated interest and support from funding bodies. We can now move to the next stage although no work will begin until full funding has been allocated backed up by a robust project plan for each of the developments.”

Source: Denbighshire County Council Press Release 25.05.06

Friends of the Scala fundraising shop set to close

Well as Sandra has previously stated, we have done very well in the Scala shop but the time has come for us to close. We were told last week that they needed the shop back to start work on the new Scala building.

This was a great shame as the shop was doing so well but at the same time wonderful news for the group!

Thank you to everyone that helped in the shop, collected items and made all of this happen. We have done extremely well in the shop, better than we ever expected.

Also a big thank you to all of the people of Prestatyn and surrounding area’s that supported the shop.

New Scala here we come!

Friends of the Scala Shop

Just to let everyone know we have now opened the FRIENDS OF THE SCALA SHOP, next door to the Cinema site. Pop in and see us, you might find a bargain!

Update: Sandra Pitt 05.02.06

Hi! Everyone, just letting you all know that we have had terrific support with the shop, We have four sponsors for the £10 a week that we have to pay for utilities, the sponsors are Rhiannon Hughes Lead cabinet member, Glyn Jones Prestatyn Mayor, Sue Roberts DCC and David Davies DCC. Each day we are getting new stock donated by the publlic, and since we opened the shop a week ago, we have taken approximately £400, I’m just hoping this keeps up. We all have our fingers crossed. We are looking for volenteers to do a few hours in the shop for us. so if any of you have time on your hands give me a shout.

And again thanks for all your help.

Sandra Pitt

Chairperson Friends of The Scala

DCC: Scala Update

Work towards progressing the development the former Prestatyn cinema, the Scala, into an arts centre is moving on apace following a successful bid by Denbighshire for a £1.5m Welsh Assembly Grant.

Since the announcement of the grant Denbighshire has agreed to look at ways of match funding the money with a contribution from the council, a request for the town council to increase its contribution and applications to the Foundation for Sport and Arts and to npower.

The Welsh Development Agency has indicated that funding could be made available and on the strength of this a tender has gone out for work which includes the demolition of the fly tower, site clearance and underground drainage. If the WDA grant is approved work could start in January.

Work will soon be visible on site when a drilling rig is set up to carry out bore hole tests.

No decision has been made by Denbighshire as yet about its representation on the proposed Scala Charitable Trust.

Source: Denbighshire County Council Press Release 22.12.05

Daily Post: Work on resort arts complex to begin soon

WORK is expected to start soon on the site of a new arts complex in Prestatyn.

A drilling rig is due to move on to the site of the former Scala cinema in High Street to carry out bore hole tests.

Following the announcement of a pounds 1.5m grant for the scheme from the Welsh Assembly, Denbighshire County Council examined ways of obtaining match-funding, through a larger contribution from the town council and a grant from the Foundation for Sport and Arts.

A request was also made to npower renewables, which runs the North Hoyle windfarm and contributes to a community fund.

The Welsh Development Agency indicated funding will be available and so tenders are being sought for the demolition of the flytower and clearance of the site.

Source: Daily Post News Article (Archived)