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Anyone live in SE London and want a cinema in Crystal Palace?

(5 Posts)
jollydad Tue 06-Jan-15 13:44:20

If so, please sign this petiton and stop KICC from turning the only available building suitable for a cinema into a church. Thanks.

EdithWeston Tue 06-Jan-15 13:47:33

Is it actually in use as a cinema? If so, why are they selling up?

Or is there a competing bid from a cinema? If so, they may just need to match time price. Are there other property developers sniffing round?

jollydad Tue 06-Jan-15 13:59:47

Hi Edith

The building was in use as a bingo hall for many years.
They sold up. There were two compteting bids, a cinema group and a church.
The church won, had the higher bid. Fair enough you might say. But the church does not have planning permission for the building to be used for religious services and the building has laid unused for 5 years - apart from a few occasions when KICC have breached planning permission and used it for religous services.

The church (KICC) now want planning permission for mixed use ie religous services and community use. The vast majority of local residents see this as a fig leaf for operating it as church. If KICC get permission then the only building suitable for a cinema will be lost.

If they don't get permission (and you can help by sigining the pettition) then at some point KICC will have to sell the builidng. At which point the cinema group can buy it (thiey're still interested) and the residents in Crystal Palce can get their cinema!

Theres lots more detail on the whys and wherefores on the petiton website.

jollydad Tue 06-Jan-15 15:49:40


jollydad Wed 07-Jan-15 12:28:12

Bumping for the "lunchtime trade". The petitions at nearly 2,000 people now. I realise some of them will not be local, but I think it does demonstrate the depth of feeling people have in the area.

So if you live in SE London and would rather have a cinema than (another) church in Crystal Palace please sign.

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