CEPAC has learnt that the Public Inquiry into Ealing Council’s proposed compulsory purchase of the Empire Cinema site will start on Tuesday 14 April and is scheduled to last for five days. Empire Cinemas may still reach agreement to sell the site before then but in any case an end is now in sight to the long process of assembling the land to allow Land Securities’ proposed development to go ahead.
CEPAC has been in contact with both LandSecs and Picturehouse about what will replace the old cinema, Picturehouse is the chosen operator for a new cinema on the larger “cultural quarter” which extends down to Mattock Lane. We have urged that the space allocated for wider community use in the outline plan should include facilities for performance arts and other cultural activities.
The next step in our campaign is to conduct a major survey of potential users for such facilities. We have now secured backing from all four property owners / developers in the town centre to help fund a professional feasibility study. Ealing Council has agreed to provide matched funding of a third of the cost, with CEPAC providing the rest. This survey will start immediately and should be completed before March.
We have had a good response from our supporters in raising most of the balance needed, but still need £2,800 to be sure of covering all the cost. If you haven’t yet donated to our appeal on our web site at www.cepac.org.uk/appeal, please do so now! Alternatively send a text message to 70070 with the subject line EPAC14 £10. It’s quick, easy and tax efficient – try it.