The future of EODS’ home is uncertain

EODS Centre Seaside SUS-150502-110649001
EODS Centre Seaside SUS-150502-110649001

An amateur dramatics group which owns the old baths and police box in Seaside is considering its future in the run-down buildings.

EODS has been in the buildings for more than 30 years but the old premises has not had much investment and the group is paying out a lot in maintenance costs.

Earlier this year rumours circulated on Facebook that the old buildings were going to be sold for redevelopment. Some residents said they were upset at plans to demolish the historic structures, which were once home to baths, a police box and public toilets.

EODS acquired the buildings in 1982 as its first permanent home. Over the years, the centre has provides facilities for rehearsal, storage of scenery and props.

Tom Lynn, who is involved with the amateur dramatics group, posted on the social networking site in response to the rumours and explained the group was undecided on what to do with the premises.

He posted,“There are no firm plans to sell the EODS centre at this time.

“We are considering various options with regard to our future at this site or elsewhere but it is still in the early stages and no decisions have been made yet.

“Due to the age of the buildings, some redevelopment will be required one way or another but all options are still being considered.”

In addition to the ‘considerable work’ needed to bring the buildings back to their former glory, the space is not currently being well used by the group and would require some significant changes to justify a large amount on money being spent.

Tom explained, “We would also like to make any property we have available to the wider community, with more usable facilities, to help finance itself but also to benefit local people. Whether this be the current property or somewhere else.

“We are just not quite sure which to turn at the moment. It is complicated and there are many issues to be considered.”

EODS has been entertaining locals for more than 100 years with a wide range of different shows, from plays to much loved musicals and open air Shakespeare in the summer. There are three sections of EODS – dramatic, operatic and junior – which work together to present performances every year. Some of these actors have gone on to professional roles.