Concerns raised over grant reduction to theatre

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CONCERNS have been raised about plans for a massive cut in financial support for Chichester Festival Theatre.

Members of West Sussex Council’s community services select committee said they were being asked to consider a reduction without knowing what the effect would be on the theatre itself and on the local economy.

The county council is considering a proposal to reduce its annual grant to the theatre from £216,851 to £80,000 from 2011-12.

‘We don’t understand the implications of the cut, and how this can be mitigated against, bearing in mind the value of the theatre,’ said committee chairman Cllr Pat Arculus.