Running costs to be reined in at revamped Bridlington Spa

Alexandra Wood

One of the East Coast’s premier arts and entertainments venues is looking to cut running costs by a third.

Figures show Bridlington Spa, which reopened to the public two years ago after a 19.5m revamp, cost 413,934 to operate last year.

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Officers are aiming to bring down operational costs to 260,000, by increasing income and keeping a tight rein on expenditure.

East Riding Council’s head of culture and information, Darren Stevens, said: “We have lots of plans for more events, more activities, more conferences, more dinners.

“The second element is reducing expenditure where we can without compromising the quality of the building which is very important to the council and customer service which we are developing a very good reputation for.”

The Spa, which already has popular sporting events like the BDO British Open Darts and the EBA European Masters on its calendar, will be hosting a new event, the British Open Junior Table Tennis Championships, in May. Around 3,000 people are expected this weekend for the Bridlington Scooter Rally.

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The refurbishment saw original features retained and repaired in the 1930s Royal Hall ballroom and Edwardian theatre, while state-of-the-art technology and modern facilities were added.

Since reopening an extra 60,000 visitors have visited The Spa to see high profile acts such as Lee Evans, Jimmy Carr and Jane McDonald.

There are also plans to cut running costs at other council-owned attractions on the East Coast, Hornsea Floral Hall and Sewerby Hall and Gardens.

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