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Online appeal launched to rescue Swansea's Palace Theatre

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

By Geraint Thomas / geraint.thomas@swwmedia.co.uk / @ThomasTheNews

The Save The Palace Theatre page on Facebook has more than 2,000 likes.

The Save The Palace Theatre page on Facebook has more than 2,000 likes.

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A FRESH campaign to save Swansea's historic Palace Theatre has been launched on Facebook.

Save the Palace Theatre - Swansea had received more than 2,000 likes, as of yesterday, after calls for the under threat building to be saved gathered momentum.

Now the organisers are appealing for people to spread the message by liking and sharing the page which carries details of the fight to rescue the rapidly deteriorating building, first opened in 1888.

Swansea Council has made £75,000 available to the owners to carry out work on the High Street theatre, which last year was named as one of the 10 most endangered Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England and Wales.

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A spokesman for the page said: "It looks like years of neglect are really starting to threaten the integrity of the building, despite the council making £75,000 available to the owners to help with urgent repairs.

"All the owners would have to do to access this is set up a building preservation trust (BTP).

"Last month we sent a list to Swansea Council's conservation team of people who were prepared to assist the owners with a BPT.

"The list included a professional fundraiser, a historian, an industrial archaeologist, stonemasons with experience working with Cadw, building project managers and a quantity surveyor.

"What more are the owners waiting for? They have the contact details of people who are willing to give time and energy to help, they have money from the council waiting for them to start repairs. What's the hold up?"

This week fire crews were sent to the High Street building following reports of unsafe masonry.

A Swansea Council spokesman said: "A recent inspection found some loose masonry high up on the side of the building that borders Bethesda Street.

"We have contacted the building's private owners and have stressed that they need to arrange for repair works to be carried out urgently so that the road can safely reopen."

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  • peter17776  |  May 09 2014, 9:31AM

    simon and burman...you are both correct....the councils record with listed buildings has been shocking to say the least...look what mess they have let the two buildings in ffynone get in to...i think the people responsible need to hold an open meeting for questions and answers...they have the power..but do very little......they are doing something with dunbar house in morriston...but why let the others to fester..they have the power...get off they ****s and use it....

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  • Simon_Jenkins  |  May 09 2014, 7:48AM

    CPO on the building - council spend the 75,000 on doing it up and use it for the community - The council can also do the work themselves and charge the owner for the full cost for all the repairs - TBH if this is in as bad shape, why has the local council not done more sooner?

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  • burmanrichard  |  May 09 2014, 12:01AM

    To the moron that said knock it down....It is because of people like you that it is in the state it is in. You obviously have no regard for a theatre of its age or prestige. The problem is this building didn't and doesn't belong to the people or the council and thus it has had bad management and lack of preservation forced upon it. .... Private owners who have had it previously (and presently) have no desire to save it as a theatre. This is why it is in the dire state it is in now. The present owners are A. either waiting for it to fall down or B. bought it and don't have sufficient funds to turn it into anything or C. are just plain stupid and do not realise the importance of this building or its heritage and have bought a building, not knowing what to do with it or how to maintain it whilst in their ownership. Swansea City Council may be offering a £75,000 injection to this project, but they need to enforce stiffer rules for owners who let this happen in the first place....they should be fined £75,000 not given it......have it taken off them and given to the people to restore. Give them the £75,000 to start a task team up with historians, architects, surveyors and professional fundraisers. Swansea's answer to everything..."Let's turn it into a car park" This is NOT a ruin....it is a listed building and important history and heritage attached.

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  • Dai_Chotomy  |  May 08 2014, 11:03PM

    Someone had a good idea recently. As the Waterfront Museum is such a s disaster, it is nothing more than a picture gallery, put the exhibits that used to be there into the Palace..

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  • peter17776  |  May 08 2014, 10:17PM

    if they give £75k to the owners do you really think they will spend it on the building....swansea council do the work to the tune of £75k if anything at all.........

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  • TaipeiSteve  |  May 08 2014, 5:16PM

    The Palace is lovely old building that deserves to be preserved. Personally, I feel that the area around the station would make a small, but fantastic business district - convenient for computers from out of town and beneficial to the city centre as the office workers would increase the footfall in the area. With some vision, the Palace Theatre could be an iconic structure at the centre of the district and in this way preserved as part of a larger project. However, to bring this kind of project to fruition would need an injection of funds from WG and perhaps a designation of the area as a business enterprise zone, and, unfortunately, I doubt that there would be sufficient support in Cardiff Bay for that to happen. Still, I sincerely hope that the building can be preserved for future generations.

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  • Jiffy  |  May 08 2014, 2:08PM

    Knock it down and turn it into a car park. Swansea needs car parks. This ruin will never serve a useful purpose. If it did, it wouldn't have been allowed to deteriorate as it has.

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