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Council chiefs are ‘reviewing plans for the long-term future’ of Southport Theatre and Convention Centre

Council chiefs are ‘reviewing plans for the long-term future’ of Southport Theatre and Convention Centre

by Danielle Thompson (May 2020)

COUNCIL chiefs are ‘reviewing plans’ for the ‘reopening and long-term future’ of Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.

Bliss Space (Southport) Ltd, the company brought in to run the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre (STCC), has been placed into liquidation.

In April 2018 Sefton Council appointed Bliss Space (Southport) to operate the centre on its behalf, as part of a three-year contract, while discussions took place on the long-term future of the venue.

However, as a direct result of the impacts of Covid-19 the company has been placed into liquidation. Bliss Space (Southport) will now begin consultation with its affected staff.

Bliss Investment Partners continues to trade and is firmly committed to the ongoing redevelopment and regeneration of Bliss Hotel and the Waterfront area of Southport.

Sefton Council will now review all available options for the future of this important venue.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills said: “Southport has a vibrant economy and of course we understand and appreciate the impact that the coronavirus has had on many of the town’s businesses, including Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.

“For now, the venue remains closed, however we at Sefton Council, despite the current constraints, are continually reviewing plans for the reopening, and for the long-term future of this important venue and project, including the welfare of staff at the centre.

“We will review any maintenance and improvements that are needed to the centre whilst it remains closed to ensure its long-term, sustainable future.

“Sefton Council has continued to work closely and proactively with many partners on recovery plans for Southport, and there are still many exciting opportunities for the town in the future.

“Southport Theatre and Convention Centre is central to the town’s offer and remains an important part of our plans for the town.

“If any business in Southport needs help, support, advice or guidance we urge you to speak to our team at Invest Sefton at www.investsefton.com or our partners at Southport BID at www.southportbid.com to get up to date information.”

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