#Arts & Entertainment
Isle of Wight Council
United Kingdom

In 1936 the Ventnor Winter Gardens was built and ever since then has been a centre for entertainment, community groups and refreshment in a glorious position on the south coast of the Isle of Wight.

But in December last year the Ventnor Town Council handed their lease of the building back to its owners the Isle of Wight County Council, without any prior warning or public consultation. The Isle of Wight Council are now disposing of the building and are in detailed negotiations with their 'preferred bidder', a commercial group.

With the venue on the verge of passing from public to private ownership, there is great concern that this is the stage at which the council must safeguard future community use of the building.

We, the undersigned, wish to record our deep and grave concern that the Isle of Wight Council should NOT enter into any final agreement to part with ownership of the Ventnor Winter Gardens without imposing comprehensive binding and long term obligations to guarantee affordable access to and use of the Winter Gardens facilities by local community members and groups.

The Ventnor Winter Gardens - Safeguard Community Use for All petition to Isle of Wight Council was written by Rosie Hayward and is in the category Arts & Entertainment at GoPetition.