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.
The full text of the petition to save Newcastle City Hall reads as follows:
– Petition, Change.org
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.
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.
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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.
Newcastle City Council has responded to an open letter from members of the arts community who have called the proposed spending cuts, particularly to arts, "totally unnecessary".
The council said it recognises that some of its decisions are not palatable but it can only spend the resources it has.
– Newcastle City Council
"We face unpalatable decisions which we know are counterproductive and, in many cases, false economy but the council can only spend the resources that it has as it faces losing more than a third of its budget over the next three years.
The reason for a long-term approach is to be able to talk with cultural organisations to find alternative sources of funding, and we are having positive discussions with organisations across the city about what we need to do together."
Newcastle council's proposal to cut 100% of its arts funding has been condemned by prominent artists and musicians.
In an open letter to the city council, famous names connected to the region like Sting, Bryan Ferry and Mark Knopfler branded the authority's plans "totally unnecessary".
It is a "short-sighted attack on the arts" and the council risks "throwing away a shared cultural heritage that has been built up by generations and generations of ordinary people in the city", the letter said.
Neil Tennant, Robson Green and Jimmy Nail also signed the letter against the cuts which, if implemented, will affect venues including the Theatre Royal, the Northern Stage and City Hall.
The council should "rethink this baffling decision and find an appropriate way to preserve the arts in Newcastle", the letter concludes.
In response the council said it recognises that some of its decisions are not palatable but it can only spend the resources it has.
Two of the region's best known landmarks could be 'sponsored' next Christmas, as Newcastle City Council tries to make savings.
The Tyne Bridge and Grey's Monument could be supported by companies to pay for the running of Christmas lights.
The council says it's been forced to make cuts of more than 90 million pounds and can no longer afford the 175 thousand pounds which the lights cost.
Two of the region's best known landmarks could soon be 'sponsored' as Newcastle City Council tries to make savings.
It comes after the announcement that the council must make ninety million pounds worth of cuts.
The Tyne Bridge and Grey's Monument could soon be supported by companies which would pay for maintenance and at this time of year, Christmas lights.
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The North East author that penned Billy Elliot has accused Newcastle City Council of attacking the arts for working class people.
Lee Hall spoke out about cutbacks to services including libraries and theatres when he was back in the region to receive an honorary degree from Northumbria University.
The author said that the cuts would affect ordinary people the most.
The local authority say that their actions are a necessary response to slashed government budgets.
Following last week's announcement by Newcastle City Council of a rolling programme of £90 million in cuts per year, the House of Lords has been debating their impact on culture across Tyneside.
A minister, Viscount Younger, accepted that 'sustained investment' in culture has made Newcastle a centre of culture contributing to the regional economy and the quality of life.
But he added that councils had to reduce their spending.
Viscount Younger said council grants per head of population were significantly higher in the North East than in the South East.
The former leader of Newcastle Council Lord Beecham challenged the minister's version of events, saying the council was being asked to take a disproportionate hit.