TODAY the Chronicle calls for the re-opening of the much-missed Gateway Theatre to restore Chester’s cultural heart.
The shelving of the flagship £460m Northgate development – and new performing arts centre – for at least four years demands action now to fill the void created by the premature closure of the theatre.
The main part of the theatre building has lain empty and neglected for 18 months and now its replacement has fallen victim to the worldwide economic crisis.
We are aware that Chester City Council is looking for "temporary" solutions and will be interested to hear their plans.
We are also aware The Chronicle campaign will be attacked as too costly and inappropriate.
But we believe with the goodwill of everyone appalled that one of Britain’s top tourist cities has no significant cultural venue, the money can be found from public and private sources to bring The Gateway back to life.
As our campaign in this newspaper and our website gathers momentum we will be explaining how readers can help.
Echoing the rallying call of Barack Obama "WE CAN DO IT."