A MULTIPLEX cinema could be coming to Spalding as part of one man’s bold plans to breathe new life into the town.
Richard Garvie has set up Sustainable Spalding, an urban regeneration company that aims to promote investment in the town by bringing new shops and leisure facilities and ease traffic congestion headaches.
Top of the 27-year-old’s hitlist is bringing a multiplex cinema to the town centre and Mr Garvie says talks are already at an advanced stage with an operator who would like to run one in Spalding.
He said: “The majority of people go to the cinema at Boston or Peterborough – then go shopping or to restaurants or bars. That’s a lot of money to lose from the town.
“Hopefully in the next two weeks terms will be agreed with an operator. The next stage is how we fund that – that’s why we need to look at the developments that will bring that sort of money.”
The Spalding Guardian understands that a mystery development is in the pipeline for Spalding that would provide several hundred jobs and bring millions of pounds of investment.
As yet council bosses have remained tight-lipped about the plans – but rumours persist that Spalding Bus Station could be moved to make way for more shops.
However, Mr Garvie, a former Tulip Radio presenter who has worked in retail development, believes that could be the ideal spot for a cinema.
He said: “There doesn’t appear to be a suitable premises in the town centre so it would have to be a new build, possibly at Holland Market or the land between the Crescent and the Market Place.”
Nigel Birch, economic development officer at South Holland District Council, is sceptical about whether the town could attract a cinema.
He said: “I know that multiplex cinemas have looked at Spalding in the past and have decided it would not work so I have no reason to believe that situation has changed.
“I don’t think we are giving too much credence to what Mr Garvie is saying at the moment. We are aware of his proposals but the council is not involved in any way.”
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