Ely: New Cinema Plans

20 March 2013, 11:12 | Updated: 20 March 2013, 11:17

East Cambridgeshire District Council says it's 'working hard' to ensure a new cinema opens in Ely within the next two years.

Currently, some films are shown at The Maltings by the Riverside, however this is not a dedicated cinema.

The Council set up a public consultation to establish the best location for a new multiplex.

This found the preferred location is just off the A10, near Downham Road.

The Council is now in detailed talks with a national developer to bring forward detailed plans for planning consent by the end of the year.

Councillor Peter Moakes, Chairman of the Development and Transport committee, said: "Since we announced the results of the cinema consultation at the end of last year, we have sought proposals from the cinema developers across the country and have narrowed it down to one preferred developer. 

We are very encouraged by the nature of the discussions and the initial plans which are being proposed. 

We are working hard to ensure a cinema will be open within the next two years. 

As the district grows, we have to develop the necessary infrastructure to meet the growing needs of our population. 

A new cinema is just one of the many building blocks required to ensure our residents have the leisure services they tell us they want; this was one of the key wishes from the Ely Masterplan consultation. 

This is why our work to develop enable the district to grow through the masterplanning process is so important."