St Albans Council has revealed that the Alban Arena is on course to reopen in late spring after it was forced to close in December to remove asbestos.
The popular entertainment venue was forced to close at short notice after asbestos became exposed in the ceiling.
This resulted in the sudden cancellation of the highly anticipated pantomime of Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs and the January calendar of events.
Some particles of asbestos dust had fallen onto the stage equipment below, though air tests showed there was no immediate risk to performers, staff, or the audience.
Councillor Anthony Rowlands, chair of the Public Realm Committee said: “This is a most unfortunate event, but we have moved swiftly to minimise the disruption it has caused by wasting no time in initiating repair work.
“It was a terrible shame that the pantomime had to be cancelled along with some other acts, but I’m sure our residents will understand that we had no other option with health and safety being our paramount concern.
“If all the necessary works go to schedule, we hope that a reopening is now only a month or two away.”
Work to decontaminate the area and remove asbestos from above the stage was quickly authorised.
The work being carried out amounts to an estimated £237,000 and is expected to be completed later this month (February).