Calderdale treasure Rex Cinema ‘underneath risk’ from city centre plans

That’s the warning from proprietor of Rex Cinema, Charles Morris, who says the lack of parking proposed as a part of the scheme threatens the cinema’s future.

The plans embody disposing of the automotive park on the backside of Coronation Avenue, close to to the cinema. Mr Morris says Calderdale Council desires to show it right into a “sitting out area”.

“By far the majority of our patrons come from out of town and the nearby car parks are vital to our success,” he stated.

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Rex Cinema, Elland

“The Coronation Avenue automotive park is important – we’ve plenty of aged and frail patrons who would battle to stroll any distance.

“We now have struggled for the reason that finish of lockdown because of a scarcity of movies and the change in individuals’s leisure habits, however the lack of the automotive park would positively end us off.”

The Regeneration Scheme follows Calderdale Council’s profitable bid for £6m from the Authorities’s Future Excessive Avenue Fund and is geared toward revitalising Elland city centre.

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Mr Morris stated: “I am all for improving the centre of Elland, but the plans are fatally flawed.

Coronation Street Car Park, Elland

“There are lots of pretty pictures showing trees and plants everywhere and people strolling hand in hand or sitting outside cafes in the sunshine.

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“It looks lovely and could conceivably look like that for a couple of months in the year. But how will it be in the depths of January?

“Elland is a working town, not a Mediterranean resort.

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“There is already a sitting-out area in front of the nearby flats and just over the road there are the Boxhall fields. Why could these not be utilised and what is the advantage of another sitting-out area where the only view is of the flats across the road?”

Mr Morris believes the plans would imply a 36 per cent loss in parking areas.

He additionally claims there was an absence in session.

“During the last 30 years the Rex will need to have introduced tons of of 1000’s of individuals into Elland – greater than every other enterprise – with the additional profit to the native hostelries, cafes and so on,” he stated, “All this will disappear if the Rex goes.”

Calderdale Council’s Cupboard Member for Cities, Engagement and Public Well being, Councillor Sarah Courtney, stated the plans embody the lack of round 45 automotive parking areas however there would nonetheless be over 300 council parking areas within the city centre.

“Based on current occupancy levels, we’re confident there will still be plenty of parking capacity within the town and will also allow for the growth in visitors that the revitalisation of Elland is anticipated to create,” she stated.

“Improved signage would also be installed to better direct people to the car parking facilities around the town.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform Elland by driving regeneration and making the most of its existing assets to make it a more attractive destination for shoppers, visitors and residents alike.

“Extensive consultation work has taken place, including specific business engagement sessions, and feedback received has been used to shape plans for the town.”

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