6:47 pm, Wed 13 Feb 2013 Newcastle City Hall saved
Statement from Newcastle City Council on the future of City Hall
Newcastle City Council have released the following statement in response to reports that Newcastle's City Hall, which had been under fear of closure, is safe and that it has a new owner.
"We can confirm that we have been in discussions with the Theatre Royal Trust with a view to the theatre taking over the management of the City Hall.
Conversations are still at an early stage and a lot more work has yet to be done but we remain optimistic about a positive outcome.”
– Statement from Newcastle City Council
6:10 pm, Wed 13 Feb 2013 Newcastle City Hall saved
There are reports that Newcastle's City Hall, which had been under fear of closure, is safe and that it has a new owner.
It is understood that the Theatre Royal has struck a deal with the music venue in the city and an official announcement on the development is expected tomorrow.
Neither the Theatre Royal nor Newcastle City Council would comment tonight.
More details on that story to follow.
5:19 pm, Thu 31 Jan 2013 "Save the City Hall" campaign
"We haven't made a proposal to close the City Hall, yet"
Tony McKenna, head of leisure services for Newcastle City Council, says that there is no definitive proposal to close the City Hall in Newcastle and that the council are reviewing the hall's services.
3:32 pm, Thu 31 Jan 2013 "Save the City Hall" campaign
"Save the City Hall" petition in full
The full text of the petition to save Newcastle City Hall reads as follows:
Newcastle City Council, Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council
Save Newcastle City Hall
We the undersigned, ask Newcastle City Council to recognise the historic importance of Newcastle City Hall and to ensure that the building is protected and remains an important cultural centre for Newcastle's people in the future.
– Petition, Change.org
2:52 pm, Thu 31 Jan 2013 "Save the City Hall" campaign
Lunchtime Update: City Hall Petition submitted to council
A petition with over 13,000 signatures has been handed in to Newcastle City Council asking them not to close Newcastle City Hall.
The future of the venue is "under review" as part of budget cut proposals.
You can watch the full lunchtime update from Kenny Toal below.
9:01 am, Thu 31 Jan 2013 "Save the City Hall" campaign
'Save the City Hall' petition to be handed to Council
A petition to save Newcastle City Hall will be handed into the council this afternoon.
More than 11,000 people have signed the petition which is asking for the building to be preserved.
The future of the venue is "under review" as part of Newcastle City Council's budget proposals.