Milton Rooms funding ‘set to kick-start venue’s ambitions’
The chairman of the trustees at Malton’s Milton Rooms Ray King has said that £193,000 funding from Ryedale District Council (RDC), confirmed at the recent full council meeting, will kick-start the venue’s ambitions.
At an earlier meeting on February 18, the RDC also voted to ring-fence £307,000 in this year’s budget for the venue to carry out further improvement work to bring it up to standard as a top class venue for the 2020s.
The money will only be released for fully-costed projects agreed by the Milton Rooms committee and the council and its officers.
Mr King said: “We are grateful for what is the first major investment in the Milton Rooms, probably since it was built in the 1930s, and the money will be focused on key infrastructure areas that our local community and audiences have identified as being issues.
“It will allow us to upgrade toilet areas, further address the access challenges that a building of this age presents and look at improving the overall fabric and technical facilities to prepare it for reopening after the Covid restrictions are fully lifted.
“The trustees recognise that this has to be regarded as simply the first in a new phase of investment to transform the building into a 21st Century community and arts venue and we are constantly looking for additional funding from a range of sources.
“I believe this funding is also a recognition of the tremendous work that has been put in by the dedicated volunteers past and present, who have kept this iconic building open and available to all.’
“While we are delighted to receive the £193,000, the hard work starts now in developing a business plan to access the further funds and so make the Milton Rooms an even more attractive venue for the community to use and enjoy.’’