Ely: New Cinema

4 September 2012, 09:47 | Updated: 4 September 2012, 09:54

Plans for a new cinema in Ely are continuing to move forward.

Over 500 people have responded to a recent East Cambridgeshire District Council consultation into the proposed location of the new cinema.

42.7% of respondents said they believe the new cinema should be built on land at Downham Road, near the A10.

31.9% of people who responded to the survey said they think it should be located at the Ely Station Gateway earlier.

The third most popular choice of site was land near the Cambridgeshire Business Park, where 18.8% of respondents said they believe it should be situated.

According to East Cambridgeshire District Council, 89% of the public support plans for a new cinema in Ely.

Councillor Peter Moakes, Chairman of the Development and Transport committee, said: "It was great to see so many people getting involved in the cinema consultation to have their say on where a site should be. 

With so much interest from the private sector to build a multiplex I doubt it will be long before we get our first planning application which was why this work is so important. 

By working with the local community and identifying preferred sites to future developers we are able to manage the future growth for our district to suit the needs and desires of our residents rather the profits of an outside organisation."

Councillors will make a final decision on its recommended location on Thursday.

They will then have to consider any planning application from the private company which wishes to build the cinema.