The Centre 2000 will no longer be allowing bookings for private events in their main floor foyer between the May and September long weekends.
Councillor Kevin O’Toole says trying to operate the Visitors Centre during summer hours has been coming into conflict with private events being held in the foyer.
“With the openness of that lobby area, it is difficult. You can hear someone talking, having a conversation on the other side of the room, so just imagine attaching a microphone to that, and then trying to talk over it.”
However, O’Toole says the decision is one they may still re-visit in the future.
“You know in the future maybe we can put things down that will muffle sound or at least eliminate some of the background noise because it’s all open and there’s lots of room for voices to carry. It’s a building that’s going through a face lift, and part of that face lift is the purpose of the building.”
The centre will honour any bookings that have already been made, but in future, private events will have to make use of the other spaces available in the building.
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