County and district councils ought to reinstate subsidies
I am pleased to see the idea county residents should pay more for their tickets to Curve and De Montfort Hall has provoked such interest.
Differential pricing policies are in operation in many other cities, such as Nottingham, where city residents pay less than others for entrance to certain attractions.
The question, however, that I would like your readers to consider is whether Leicestershire County Council and district councils across Leicestershire should make a contribution to the grants for these venues.
The city council makes a grant of about £2 million per year to Curve, De Montfort Hall and the Phoenix, which represents a subsidy of £4 per seat.
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A large percentage of the audience to Curve and De Montfort Hall comes from the county and yet the county council ended its financial support to Curve several years ago.
I believe the county council should at least reinstate that support, since county residents gain considerable benefit from enjoying shows at a subsidised rate which is in large part is paid for by city council tax payers.
These venues are becoming more efficient and the subsidy per seat has reduced over the past few years.
However, without the grants provided by the city council, they would be in severe difficulties.
I am sure many of your readers appreciate the value of Curve and De Montfort Hall and the contribution they make to the cultural, social and economic life of Leicester and Leicestershire.
I suggest that rather than getting angry about the prices, they ask the county council and district councils to show their support for these venues in partnership with the city council.
Councillor Sue Waddington, Town Hall, Leicester.