Harrow Council have answered record-breaking petitions by promising to keep Harrow Arts Centre open while a fresh business plan is prepared.

Almost 12,000 signatures from two separate petitions were debated by Harrow Council calling for proposals to close Harrow Arts Centre.

Councillor Sue Anderson, Labour's cabinet member for culture and resident engagement, told the council: "I am so very pleased to find out how much support the Harrow Arts Centre has.

"We are in a difficult financial position, but we have seen your petitions and we can now tell you that the centre will not close at the end of this financial year.

 

"Officers will begin exploring a business case to find a viable, sustainable future for the building."

"I cannot say it will be the same as it is now, it may be different. But from how much support we can see it has, we must work hard to do our best to find a solution."

But the Conservative opposition group were disappointed that the arts centre were ever included in proposals for the cuts.

Susan Hall, leader of the Conservatives, said: "I am utterly shocked that it has even got this far, that all these residents had to go to these lengths to get their voices heard.

"People are shocked that such a community asset was ever put in danger."