'People power can save Little Theatre'.
THE Little Theatre in Rhyl is facing the final curtain.
The venue is earmarked for a Christmas closure after council officers decided not to renew the lease.
Last night, theatre directors called on residents to pitch in and save the Vale Road building.
Trustees have shelled out more than pounds 34,000 to improve the site.
They said they will fight to see that the oldest purpose-built children's theatre in the UK is restored to its former glory.
But the council cite health and safety reasons for terminating the three-year lease.
Officers said they will oppose applications for the grant of a new tenancy.
Little Theatre secretary Neil Taylor said: "About 95% of the work has been done. The front of the theatre was painted a week ago.
"The theatre was built by the people of Rhyl, kept open by the people of Rhyl and will be saved by the people of Rhyl.
"People Power brought the Berlin Wall down. It can save the Little Theatre."
Mr Taylor said although directors were responsible for the repairs, Denbighshire County Council could have made inspections to check that work was up to standard.
He added: "The children of Rhyl will have to pay the price for the council's neglect. Denbighshire and education don't go together.
"We need Rhyl's elected members to get behind us, and we will be writing for support from Assembly members and MPs."
A Denbighshire County Council spokeswoman said: "We have requested the tenant permit a full Health and Safety Audit to be carried out by an independent firm of consultants, following which discussions on the theatre's future can take place."
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||May 22, 2008|
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