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Big cash blow for Jacksons Lane Theatre

PUBLISHED: 14:38 03 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:39 07 September 2010

CELEBRATIONS to mark the reopening of a theatre after a costly refurbishment have been ruined by plans to cut its funding

CELEBRATIONS to mark the reopening of a theatre after a costly refurbishment have been ruined by plans to cut its funding.

The Arts Council has proposed to cut its annual funding of £128,000 to Jacksons Lane Theatre, which was seriously damaged in storms a year ago,

The arts body claims Haringey Council has let the Grade II-Listed venue fall behind the times and says it is not suitable for 21st century artists. A final decision on whether to axe the cash will be made on January 18.

Haringey community boss Cllr Lorna Reith said: "We are surprised by this decision and the reasons given for it. Haringey Council has recently completed major repairs, with total funding of £559,500 over the past two years."

Meanwhile traders on Archway Road were left in the dark when a power cut on Boxing Day left them unable to trade. Residents in the street were also affected by the blackout which electricity supplier EDF said was due to a fault.

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