Fairfield Halls chief exec: ‘If closed, we may never re-open’

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Inside Croydon

Simon Thomsett, the chief executive of the Fairfield Halls, has spoken openly against the council’s proposed two-year closure as part of a long overdue multi-million-pound overhaul for the 50-year-old arts complex, expressing the fear that lost income and grants could make it impossible to re-open.

Fairfield Halls side view“Re-opening means starting from scratch,” Thomsett said in an interview with the Croydon Guardian.

“It means recruitment, it means getting a skills base, finding people who know how to do this kind of thing. It takes quite a lot of time and it is an expensive process.”

There is no dispute that the Fairfield Halls, which opened in 1962, is in desperate need of refurbishment. The disagreement between the board of the Fairfield Halls and Croydon Council is over the management of the project, with Tony Newman, the Labour leader of the council, enthusiastically backing complete closure next year, as the Halls and neighbouring…

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