THE OWNER of Fairfield Halls (cap. 1,750), Croydon Council has insisted the venue will reopen this year, despite being unable to provide a specific date.
As it stands the concert hall and adjacent Ashcroft Theatre (700), which are currently undergoing a £30 million refurbishment, is scheduled to reopen in November.
However, having been closed since July 2016, there are fears the completion of the project will slide into 2019.
During a recent cabinet meeting, council leader Tony Newman is reported in the Croydon Advertiser as saying the venue would not open until next year.
“It was the Tories who questioned whether Fairfield Halls would ever reopen and now it’s down to which day in 2019 it will reopen,” Newman told the newspaper.
When contacted by LIVE UK, the council refuted the claim and stated that Fairfield Halls would be handed over to venue management company BH Live, which also manages the Bournemouth International Centre complex, in November ready for final fit-out.
“Our plan is that there will be a phased opening of Fairfield Halls with an initial event by the end of this year, further details of which will be available nearer the time,” says a Council spokeswoman.
BH Live said it could not comment on the progress of construction work until the venues were handed over.