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Work begins on demolishing Morecambe's Dome

Author: 
John Freeman
Following its closure in March last year, work has started on demolishing the Dome in Morecambe.

The decision in December 2008 to close the building was taken after considering its age and the potential future redevelopment of the central promenade, which would mean its demolition in any event.

A condition survey in 2008 also found that, over a five year period, the building would need a refurbishment and repairs programme costing £561,000.

In addition to this, in its last year of operation the Dome cost £89,000 to run.

Since the closure Lancaster City Council’s other event venue in Morecambe, The Platform, has gone from strength to strength, taking many of the acts which had previously been hosted by the Dome.

This has led to a particularly strong performance by the venue, leading to the nomination for a prestigious award from the Association for Public Sector Excellence in December. This strong performance has led to further revenue savings of £9,000.

Forthcoming events include Dave Spikey, Frank Carson, Joe Longthorne, Geno Washington, Voulez Vous and Dr Feelgood. Details of the full programme can be found at www.lancaster.gov.uk/platform.

Lancaster City Council is also working closely with partners including Morecambe Town Council, Morecambe Bay Tourism and More Music to provide the district with a packed diary of events all year round at a variety of other venues.
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