HOW IS IT GOING?
A message from Phil Hayes
It looks like it will come down to who buys the building- a sympathetic arts organisation that would allow us to continue to operate the studio and venue, or a bob the builder property development company, who kicks us out to create expensive flats
I have gone through every emotion contemplating that latter scenario, including anger, fear and despair. However those emotions, as a wise old woman in Willy Russells latest novel The Wrong Boy said, never got a potato peeled.
This means too much to me to just give it up, as Bruce Springsteen sang This is my hometown. I cant let the building and facilities be sold to a property developer to create more development opportunities, not without doing my best to develop an alternative and to fight for the preservation of our unique facility and valued services. I dont want to lose these facilities; lots of local people dont want to lose these facilities. The building and land should not be lost to the people of Liverpool - its history, architecture, facilities and the space.
BUY THE BUILDING.
So this is no rehearsal as they say, therefore I have already begun the process of setting up a charitable trust/co. limited by guarantee- a social enterprise- to buy the building!! If I can raise finance from private donations, I am sure local agencies and the City Council would contribute. As my small contribution, Ill put in whatever redundancy money I receive from the Peoples Centre, to set up a board of trustees that will contain good people from the arts, music and business community. They will be capable and experienced managers, who will be tasked to draw up plans to manage the new social enterprise effectively.
I will approach past supporters in the music industry, to see if they will help financially, through donations, concerts or whatever. The local authority, Northwest Development Agency, Arts Council of England and other agencies will be asked to provide finance and business support.
More details in 2004.
As a representative of a previous winner of the European Capital of Culture accolade said on a recent visit to Liverpool the City Centre should belong to the People, I want to preserve these cultural facilities for the people of Liverpool.
KEEP IN TOUCH
I hope you can continue your support in the New Year and you would maybe encourage bands, friends and colleagues to assist?
If you require further information in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact me.
Have a good Chrimbo and a happy New year- Love and Best wishes, Philip Hayes.
P.S. I sometimes feel like I am Jimmy Stewart in Its a Wonderful Life, if you havent seen the film check it out, its a sentimental old thing but certainly reminds me of the important things in life.
PHIL WITH DAMON ALBARN OF BLUR WHO SUPPORTS THE CAMPAIGN TO SAVE THE PICKET AND PINBALL WIZARD RECORDING STUDIO