Voters urged to go to Bognor cinema meeting

Electors to have their say about fourth cinema screen
Electors to have their say about fourth cinema screen

ELECTORS in Bognor Regis will have their chance to vote next week on extending the town’s cinema.

An electors’ meeting is being held on Tuesday to find out the views of residents about adding a fourth screen with 113 seats to the Picturedrome.

It will be held at 7pm in the John Parry Centre at the University of Chichester on Upper Bognor Road.

The results will be given to town councillors when they make a final decision on December 7 about whether to go ahead with the £850,000 project.

Bognor Regis Civic Society deputy chairman Hugh Coster said he hoped everyone with a view about the Picturedrome would attend. “They will be able to find out all aspects of the scheme at the meeting and express their views one way or another,” he said.

“The Picturedrome is an important leisure asset for the town and everyone with an interest in it should go along so the town council has a clear idea of peoples’ views when it takes its vote.”

The meeting is the second about the cinema in two months. It has been called by town councillors Jan Cosgrove (L, Orchard) and Jim Brooks (I, Marine).

It will ask electors to:

* support the addition of a fourth screen to the Picturedrome on the basis decided by the town council on March 4, funded through extra rent and surplus to the Bognor Regis Pier Company owned by the council;

* reject any alternative funding proposal which would involve the operator being expected to fund an extension to a building he does not own and/or which could result in major increases in ticket prices at the cinema; and

* reject any plans not to proceed with the fourth screen which would leave the council with a major debt which could not be recovered except by raiding council reserves and/or increasing council precept on local tax payers.

Only electors in the town’s wards, Pevensey, Marine, Hotham, Orchard, Hatherleigh and Marine North - will be able to vote.