Campaigners call for new cinema as part of redevelopment

Campaigners are calling for a cinema to built on the South Quay in Whitstable

Campaigners are calling for a cinema to built as part of the impending redevelopment at Whitstable Harbour.

The group behind the proposal, Cinema for Whitstable, has welcomed public backing for its plans for the South Quay Shed.

More than 1,000 people have responded to a Canterbury City Council consultation on the site’s future with some 90% supporting the inclusion of a cinema.

But according to Cinema for Whitstable, some councillors have suggested that the cinema will be restricted to showing only local community films.

Campaigner Chris Cornell says an online poll reinforces what people in the town would like to see.

“People filling out the survey chose a cinema they could enjoy with their family, not some type of outdoor space exclusively showing films about the Forts,” Mr Cornell said.

“The people have spoken and this council should now listen.”

Cinema for Whitstable will be publishing what is describes as “detailed and fully costed plans” for how a cinema could work on the site soon.

It believes it is possible to deliver a cinema showing contemporary films which also provides a community space local businesses, groups or schools can hire.

Cinema for Whitstable is running its own survey on the future of the site. Click here to complete the survey before 3pm on Friday when the Whitstable Harbour Board meets to discuss the plans at Whitstable Castle.


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