Thursday, August 17, 2006

Campaign to 'save Savoy'

[Excerpt from the Stockport Times 17 Aug 06]
Mystery campaigners have put up notices in shop windos near a threatened cinema asking local people to rally round to save it.
The notices have gone up near the Savoy Cinema in Heaton Moor after the Stockport Express last week exclusively revealed that the historic cinema will close if a planning application to turn the site into a pub is given the go-ahead. [In fact this blog revealed the plans 12 days before that, see Savoy cinema conversion to pub]
The notices ask residents to 'Save Our Savoy' and urge them to lodge an objection to the pub plans by writing to the council's planning office at Hygarth House.
Whether or not the planning application goes through, hopes of saving the cinema are not high. Owner Lisa Fan said attendances had fallen so sharply it was no longer viable to keep it open.
[For more information on see Savoy planning application, but the cinema can only be 'saved' if there is a plan to make it viable. An alternative use is better than it standing empty. May be the poster campaign would be more constructive if it encouraged more people to use the cinema.]