Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has this morning (January 8) taken steps to take possession of the Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd.
The Council has taken possession of the Muni Arts Centre in line with the terms of the lease. As the process for entering into administration has not formally been completed by the tenant of the Muni Arts Centre, the Council has been able to exercise the terms of its lease arrangement.
Councillor Rhys Lewis, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Well-being & Cultural Services, commenting on this news, said: “The Council is keen to support a viable and sustainable future for the Muni Arts Centre. This proactive step places the Council in the position to progress discussions with interested groups, who have expressed an interest in developing a viable business model to re-open the Muni Arts Centre as an artistic entertainment venue.
“To facilitate the re-opening of the Muni to the public as soon as practicable possible, the Council has identified specific support to assist interested groups in the development of their proposals.
“The Council is also now taking steps to ensure that the facility is secure until a future tenant for the facility is found.
“When any formal business cases are presented to the Council, the appropriate due diligence will be undertaken to assess the future potential of these options.”
Yesterday, the Council confirmed that to provide the best opportunity for interest groups to develop a viable business plan for the Muni, continued financial support may be necessary. The Council will consider how it may be able to support viable business cases for the venue.
Posted on Tuesday 8th January 2019