THE leader of the Thurrock Labour Group has slammed the “proposed closure” of the Thameside Theatre.
Cllr John Kent said: “This closure is entirely unacceptable to me and, I believe, to the vast majority of people in Thurrock.
“I have always believed that the arts, culture and heritage play a vital role in bringing people together, enriching our communities and bringing us new experiences and ideas – as well as making a massive contribution to our economy
“Thurrock Conservatives don’t care a jot for arts, culture and heritage, and it goes way beyond the Thameside – just look at the decision to cease funding the Community Choir or allowing Coalhouse Fort to sit and decay.
“But, for now, we need to fight the proposed closure of the Thameside and, as a first step, I have submitted the following motion to be discussed at the next council meeting on 28th of July – it will give all 49 councillors the opportunity to make their views clear on the future of our Thameside.
“Council notes the Thameside Complex was, formally, opened on 22nd of January 1972 with the first performance in the theatre taking place in October 1971.
[B]Council agrees: [B.]
1) That a celebratory event should be held, at the Thameside, in January 2022 to mark the Golden Anniversary of the complex.
2) To call on cabinet to identify the resources necessary to refurbish the theatre and ensure the future of the complex.”
A petition opposing the closure has been launched and has already gathered over 2,000 signatures.
You can add your name by following the link below.