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"We are very much here to stay", says Flash Musicals head
The man behind one of the Harrow mayor’s chosen charities says his organisation will keep up its work in the community, despite concerns over its lease.
Terry Revill, who runs Flash Musicals, in Methuen Road, Edgware, wrote to the Harrow Times about his plans for the future of the charity.
Last week Harrow borough councillors referred a decision over the lease of an authority-owned property to Flash Musicals back to the cabinet after concerns were raised about rent arrears.
As part of last month's agreement, £72,000 owed to the council’s Housing Revenue Account in rent would be wiped out.
But it remains unclear whether, at the signing of the lease five years ago, the council agreed to waive the rent in exchange for services provided by Flash Musicals or whether the council expected the charity to pay money.
Mr Revill said: “I would like to make clear that we are very much here to stay. The only uncertainty concerns how the council will deal with a difficult situation that it has largely brought about and upon itself.
“The decision that Harrow Council’s scrutiny committee was ‘called in’ to review, would have delivered a solution to a long-standing difference in the interpretation of who pays the rent for the property that Flash Musicals legally occupies.
“At the ‘call-in' it was made abundantly clear that the council did not have evidence to support the position that Flash Musicals owed any rent at all.”
The call-in was upheld, but Mr Revill vowed to defend his organisation against claims that it owed money. He said: “In considering our response to whatever this may be, we will use whatever means necessary to ensure we protect the good reputation that Flash Musicals enjoys.”
Flash Musicals was first established in Barnet in 1997 as a voluntary youth organisation and moved to the site in Methuen Road since 2002.
The charity not only runs theatre groups at the site but also martial arts classes, film nights, an after-school club and dance classes.
A spokewoman for Harrow Council said the authority was unable to comment pending a decision on the lease from the relevant cabinet member.
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