Income generated for Uckfield Town Council by the Weald Hall was £20,000 below budget after the first nine months of the current financial year.
The figures, revealed last night (January 28,) also show that the gap is expected to remain the same at the end of the financial year in March.
The Weald Hall, within Uckfield Civic Centre, is operated by the town council.
Financial performance figures were presented to members of the council’s environment and leisure committee at its meeting.
The budget for the Weald Hall until the end of December was £31,000. Actual income was £11,310.
The budgeted income for the whole financial year was set at £42,000 with total income now projected to be only £22,310.
Cllr Diane Ward, who chairs the council’s general purposes committee, expressed concern at the shortfall.
She said the difference needed to be looked into and called for a meeting of council’s civic centre working group (made up of councillors) to discuss the matter.
At their meeting in November councillors met in private to discuss Civic Centre events and marketing programme.
They received reports and the council documents show that members were “pleased with the success of the Wartime Tea and Opera evening”.
The report of the meeting continued: “Suggestions on advertising were put forward including bus shelters, High Street noticeboard.”
The report also said that members wished to received a profit/loss report on all functions to date.
• The Weald Hall is the largest room in the Civic Centre and is situated on the ground floor.
It is used for concerts, plays, dinners and also hosts fairs. It has a maximum capacity of 275 people.
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