Corby cinemas: Residents fear being the losers

Crown House was demolished earlier this year
Crown House was demolished earlier this year

Residents in Corby fear they will be the losers as rival cinema schemes vie to succeed.

At a meeting of Corby Council’s development control committee on Tuesday, a report to members will recommend the £10m eight-screen Vue cinema, proposed by town centre owners Helical Bar, be approved.

Just two weeks ago the council welcomed an announcement by Savoy Cinemas that it had signed a deal with Mulberry Property Developments to run a six-screen cinema on the former Tresham College site in George Street.

Work is expected to start on the complex on Monday.

Barry Nicol, chairman of Centara, the town centre neighbourhood association, said: “We have waited for so long for something to be done at the Elizabeth Street end of the town centre.

“We put up with the eyesore that was Crown House and the empty bus station and Helical Bar is progressing well with its scheme.

“Residents want the Vue scheme to go ahead. We don’t want to end up with nothing.”

A report to Tuesday’s meeting, which starts at 7pm and is open to the public, says there have been two objections to the Vue scheme from Mulberry Developments and one from Gondola Group.

The scheme is recommended for approval subject to a Section 106 Agreement and a number of conditions.