Friday, August 25, 2006

Fury over cinema plan

[Excerpt from Manchester Metro News - 25 Aug 06]
Fears of noise from revellers if it becomes a pub.
Four Heatons Area planning officer Chris Smyton said he has received "a substantial number" of objections to the application by pub chain Barracuda Group Limited, which owns and operates about 170 pubs around the country.
"I have not considered the letters in detail yet but the main objections stem from the loss of the cinema itself, and the potential noise and nuisance factor if another pub is opened. We are investigating the current levels of nuisance in the area to see if this carries any weight."
Lisa Fan has owned the Savoy for 12 years. She said sharply falling attendances and rising costs had forced her to sell up. Lisa added: "Last week there were only four people in for one performance and five for another." She said the fuel costs of running high voltage projectors and high insurance premiums were also forcing her out of business.
Mr Smyton said that the application will be considered by the Four Heatons Area Committee on September 13.

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