Saving Harrow Arts Centre not good enough for Tory opposition

Members of public clap at cabinet decision to continue looking for funding to save arts centre, but @HAConservatives don’t join in.
— Sachin Shah (@SachRShah) January 20, 2016
Harrow council cabinet has decided for the Cultura London, an independent charitable trust, to raise funds to redevelop the arts centre that is facing closure as the council can no longer afford to subsidise it.
The modernisation of the centre into ‘Southbank Centre for North London’ , is to include building a cinema, galleries, cafes, bars and better theatre facilities.
HAC2“From a backdrop of despondency, an opportunity to create an astonishing cultural future for Harrow has shone through. Culture is part of Harrow’s DNA” said Sandra Bruce-Gordon, Interim Chief Executive of Cultura London.
“It is fair to say that Harrow Arts Centre has a chequered history; despite the good will of the community and the aspirations of some to rebuild a theatre for Harrow, this was never realised. Our research says the time is now right to fulfil the vision of generations and once and for all address the issues of a cultural venue for Harrow and West London that is fit for purpose with the potential to be self-sustaining.” SH D3
However, the Tory opposition group, known for its ‘Punch and Judy’ attitude under councillor Hall’s ‘vindictive’ leadership, is hostile to the arrangements, in line with their opposition to the council’s imaginative regeneration programme for the borough.
Cllr Hall calls the initiative to save the arts centre as a “tragic irony”, unconvincingly claiming that residents have contacted her expressing concerns.