Stewart Drew, Director and CEO of the De La Warr Pavilion says:

“There have been some comments on social media asking why DLWP has not been used as a vaccination centre, and I felt it was important to respond.

As an organisation that is funded by Rother District Council, and works in close partnership with RDC, Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council, we have from the outset (March 2020) made the building available as required in response to the pandemic.

We have had weekly meetings with ESCC officers and regular meetings with the Director of Public Health. We have also worked on the East Sussex Economic Recovery Plan, as members of Team East Sussex.

We have had numerous conversations about food distribution, COVID-19 testing and acting as a vaccination centre, however the agencies running these activities have decided to use other facilities to best reach and serve the community. We of course support their decisions and expertise in these areas.

We were originally funded by the Ministry of Health in the 1930’s and have always been a civic building for the community’s mind, body and soul. We remain ready to help where we can, and of course look forward to being open again, where we can offer a place to be creative, be inspired, have fun, meet our friends or just enjoy the horizon.”

Posted by sally on Wednesday 24 February 2021