Application for £30,000 Cinema Study Deferred for Further Analysis

13th Nov 2018

An application for £30,000 to fund a detailed feasibility study for the potential conversion of the Pebbles building in Tenterden High Street into a cinema is to undergo additional scrutiny.

The cinema focus group set up to work on a plan for a cinema in the town made a detailed presentation to the Town Council's external committee last night (Monday, 12 November).

The committee decided to refer the application to the council's project overview sub-committee, whose role includes analysing value for money for the major schemes currently being undertaken in the town.

The sub-committee will then report its views to the Internal Committee on Monday, 10 December with the final decision to be made at a Special Town Council meeting that same evening.

After last night's meeting, Cllr Ken Mulholland, who chairs the external committee, said: "They gave an excellent presentation, but it was decided that the £30,000 being asked for was sufficiently significant to warrant additional consideration.

"We have already spent £12,500 on funding the study which resulted in Pebbles being identified as the best option for a cinema, and while several cinema companies have expressed an interest in the venture, there has thus far been no concrete offer.

"But it has to be emphasised that this is simply a matter of giving an expensive project a little more reflection, and that the Town Council will make the ultimate decision."