Deal close to bring new cinema to Ely, council confirms


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TALKS to bring a new cinema development to Ely are at an “advanced stage” East Cambridgeshire District Council announced today.

Following a public consultation last year, land at Downham Road, near the Ely Outdoor Sports Association, was identified as the best place to build a multiplex cinema.

The site has also been earmarked for a leisure centre, though funding is still not in place for the proposed centre.

The district council is now in detailed talks with what it described as a “national developer” to bring forward an application for approval by councillors by the end of the year.

Councillor Peter Moakes, chairman of the development and transport committee, said: “Since we announced the results of the cinema consultation at the end of last year, we have sought proposals from the cinema developers across the country and have narrowed it down to one preferred developer. We are very encouraged by the nature of the discussions and the initial plans which are being proposed. We are working hard to ensure a cinema will be open within the next two years.

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“As the district grows, we have to develop the necessary infrastructure to meet the growing needs of our population. A new cinema is just one of the many building blocks required to ensure our residents have the leisure services they tell us they want – this was one of the key wishes from the Ely Masterplan consultation. This is why our work to develop enable the district to grow through the masterplanning process is so important.”

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