Ealing sets new Empire deadline

empire ealingLB Ealing has once again threatened Empire Cinemas with a CPO if they fail to make progress on their stalled Ealing Broadway scheme.

The council said they would apply for a compulsory purchase order in May if no progress was made by the end of that month, and has now said it will do so if nothing happens before the end of October.

The scheme has been the subject of a long-running planning wrangle between council and developer Empire Cinemas. It would provide a mulplex and a variety of retail behind the retained listed facade (pictured).

However, little progress has been made since the demolition of the old cinema in 2008.

The council has also agreed to start looking for a new developer or partner to work with the council to buy the site and build the cinema.

Council leader, Councillor Julian Bell, said: “We’re sick and tired of Empire’s empty promises. They have told us so many times that work is about to start, but I’m afraid I’ve stopped believing anything they say. If they don’t want to develop the site, there are many other companies out there that do. If they don’t start building before October is out, we’ll take action to acquire the site and transfer it to someone else who will give Ealing the cinema we’ve all been waiting for.”

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