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Dome's future up for discussion
Plymouth Dome and Smeaton's Tower
Plymouth Dome opened 18 years ago and is need of a boost
The future of a Devon visitor attraction is to be decided next week.

Plymouth Dome has seen declining visitor numbers over recent years and is being subsidised by the city council to the tune of 200,000 a year.

The latest plan is to lease the site to local businessman John Steven with the council retaining the freehold.

If the proposal is agreed the Dome would be refurbished to still contain an exhibition charting the city's history as well as a new restaurant.

'Maximum potential'

The Council's museums service would work closely with the future attraction to refresh the exhibits on a regular basis.

Cllr Peter Smith said: "When it first opened the Dome was one of the most modern attractions in the region but 18 years later it is in need of a boost.

"Under this proposal the exhibition will be improved and the city will gain from using the fantastic waterfront site to its maximum potential."

Once re-opened it is proposed the site would create 70 year-round jobs.

Ten staff are currently employed at the Dome and the council says it hopes to minimise the need for redundancies.

The proposals will be considered by the council's cabinet next week.




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