The unexpected closure of The Core Theatre, a beacon of Solihull's arts and culture scene, has prompted immediate action from MP Julian Knight. Actively liaising with the Director of Communities & Partnerships, Knight is steadfastly ensuring the safety of the community while addressing the broader issues stemming from a lack of governmental guidance.
Julian Knight emphatically stated, “The Core Theatre, an emblem of our rich cultural heritage, finds itself in a challenging predicament. As the Member of Parliament for Solihull & Shirley, it is my duty and privilege to ensure that while our community's safety remains non-negotiable, the cultural arteries of our town aren’t clogged due to administrative delays and oversights.”
While appreciating the measures taken by Solihull Council, Knight further pointed to the gaping holes in national policies. “The situation at The Core underscores a wider issue - the glaring lack of clear, actionable guidance from the government on RAAC for buildings beyond schools. Such omissions don’t just endanger our architectural heritage; they jeopardize our vibrant cultural life. The government must act swiftly and decisively. I will be raising this pressing concern with the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities urgently.”
The Core Theatre's current structural evaluations prioritize thorough safety checks. Knight, while recognizing the importance of these assessments, anticipates a strategy that considers the potential repercussions on upcoming shows and the wider arts sector.
Knight emphasized, "It's crucial for the government to grasp the broader ramifications of such abrupt halts. In an era where the arts stand as a refuge, a source of joy, and a beacon of creativity, such lapses in oversight are inexcusable."
Julian Knight's dedication to preserving the vibrant cultural pulse of Solihull remains unwavering, as he advocates for more expansive changes on a national scale.