Cinema bulldozing hopes backed by 500 people

Petition launched to demolish the Strand Bingo and Social Club in Warsop, pictured from left are County Councillor John Allin, Mike Johnson and Coun Jennifer Cockroft

Petition launched to demolish the Strand Bingo and Social Club in Warsop, pictured from left are County Councillor John Allin, Mike Johnson and Coun Jennifer Cockroft

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Pressure is mounting for an old cinema to be bulldozed in Warsop after more than 500 signatures have been collected so far on a petition.

The old Strand building on Church Street has been left derelict in recent years and calls have been frowing to there have been growing to pull it down.

Discount supermarket Netto recently announce d plans to build on the Burns Lane site behind the old cinema.

If they are given planning permission, a large section of the crumbling theatre will be demolished.

However, under the guidance of Mansfield District Council, the facade of the building must remain, which Warsop’s parish councillors have criticised.

County and parish councillor, John Allin launched the petition and has not been shocked by the response of residents and shoppers.

“It’s overwhelming, almost everybody wants it to be pulled down,” he said.

“There has only been one person I’ve spoken to who wants to keep it, the rest have signed the petition.

“If Netto get planning permission, there would only be 18ft left of the front of the building, and nobody is going to be take that on.

“If they are knocking that much down, why not knock the whole ting down?

“There’s still some work to do and it would be nice to get to 1,000 signatures before we hand it over.

“Mansfield District Council’s planning department have said they would look at it if there’s enough interest.”

Coun Allin says that if they can get the entire building to be demolished, the area could provide an easy walkthrough to the Netto store, while flowerbeds and benches could be placed there to provide an aesthetic setting.