Survey reveals venue is still ‘valuable asset’ to city centre
More than 90 per cent of people who took part in the Lancashire Evening Post’s survey about the Guild Hall said they don’t think the venue is being run effectively.
The results from the online survey also reveal that people value the Guild Hall - 88 per cent of those asked would save the venue from the bulldozers and a further 68 per cent of people think the complex should be given to a private operator.
The results also show that 62 per cent of those who participated in the survey think that the site is a valuable asset to Preston.
A further 21 per cent said it is a necessary facility and just 16 per cent declared it a drain on the city’s resources.
In total, 46 per cent of those who took part in the survey said they visited the venue annually, 37 per cent said they went monthly, six per cent said weekly and 11 per cent said they never went to the Guild Hall.
The survey also found that the majority of people think the standard of entertainment at the venue has got worse.
In total 69 per cent said the standard had gone downhill, 28 per cent said it was the same and three per cent said it had got better.
The results also revealed that 78 per cent of people who took part regularly travel to other towns and cities to watch live acts.
Coun Tom Burns said: “The council has major savings which need to be made.
“Our budget will have to reduce by £3m per year by 2016. As such, every service provided by the council, and this includes the Guild Hall, has to be examined to determine whether further savings can possibly be made.
“However, no decisions have yet been taken and the council remains committed to providing entertainment in the city centre.”
92 per cent say they don’t think the Guild Hall is being run effectively
68 per cent think it should be given to a private operator
88 per cent don’t want it to be knocked down
62 per cent said it is a valuable asset
78 per cent travel elsewhere to watch acts
78 per cent would pay more to see better acts
46 per cent visit the venue annually