Blackpool Council, Lancashire UK: Stop the demolition of the old ABC Theatre, Blackpool UK.
  • Petitioned Councillor Simon Blackburn

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Councillor Simon Blackburn

Blackpool Council, Lancashire UK: Stop the demolition of the old ABC Theatre, Blackpool UK.

    1. Gill Payne
    2. Petition by

      Gill Payne

      Blackpool, United Kingdom

To demolish this building would destroy a very important and historical part of Blackpool's heritage.
This building could be used in a variety of manners, especially for the cultural heritage of Blackpool.
The deal has yet to be finalised, but the council has agreed to pay £635,000 for the venue, which played host to entertainment greats The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Morecambe and Wise, and hundreds more over the years, before being transformed into a cinema and then into Britain’s biggest ‘superclub’. The local paper understands the council will borrow up to £1.3m to fund the scheme, which includes demolition costs. Town hall bosses said that would be paid back at a rate of £93,000-a-year over 50 years, which could, in theory, mean the venture ends up costing £4.65m. All from local tax payers money!!
There are people in Blackpool who wish to start a Cultural Museum in the town, both a living and a historical museum. They backed by hundreds of others who would help in this endeavor.
Please sign this petition to show the Blackpool Councillors who are backing the demolition that we are serious and want some of our heritage to remain.
Thank you.

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. PETITION CLOSING

      Gill Payne
      Petition Organizer

      This petition will close at midnight tonight, Monday 4th February 2013, so we can present it to the Council and hopefully get it debated in front of the next Full Council Meeting in March.
      Please share for the last time and get it to over 2500 signatures.
      Thank you to everyone who has signed and done their bit in our effort to stop this desecration of another Blackpool iconic landmark building.

    3. Decision-maker The Rt Hon Maria Miller MP responds:

      The Rt Hon Maria Miller MP

      Dear Ms Payne,

      We have noted the concerns expressed in your petition about the ABC Theatre, Blackpool. However, the issues in the petition relate to planning and we do not have any authority to intervene directly. This essentially is a...


    4. Reached 2,000 signatures
    5. ON THE NEWS!!!

      Gill Payne
      Petition Organizer

      We have now made the News! We are on both the BBC Northwest and ITV Granada websites. Please keep sharing !!!

    6. NEXT TARGET

      Gill Payne
      Petition Organizer

      Our next target is 2000 signatures, so please keep posting, sharing, emailing and tweeting. If you know, even vaguely, anyone who is a 'celebrity or famous' please pass this on to them, asking everyone to retweet, email on etc etc. Thanks.

    7. OPEN PUBLIC MEETING

      Gill Payne
      Petition Organizer

      Open PUBLIC meeting to be held

      MONDAY 14th January 6.30 pm

      NELLIE DEANS, NORTH PROMENADE, BLACKPOOL
      Just behind the METROPOLE HOTEL

      ALL WELCOME

      Please keep sharing this and the other group as we need as many people there as possible National and local press should be in attendance too !

    8. THANK YOU ALL

      Gill Payne
      Petition Organizer

      Well we've reached the 1500 that we need to present this petition to the Council BUT we'd like to get even more! So please, keep sharing, emailing, tweeting and spreading the word for us PLEASE.
      Thank you all that have signed so far, it means a lot to us and to Blackpool.

    9. Reached 1,500 signatures
    10. WE ARE THE NEWS!!!

      Gill Payne
      Petition Organizer

      Today our fight to save the ABC building has made front page news! This is due to all of you who have signed this petition and joined the two Facebook pages, all with the same aim - to save the ABC Building.
      You all deserve a pat on the back and our thanks BUT don't rest yet please!!
      Simon Blackburn has now said that if another use could be found for the building in the short term they would welcome any suggestions. This is while plans are finalised for the Talbot Gateway development - come on Mr Blackburn, what better for the development of our town than a Cultural Centre and Museum!! This would draw people to a part of town that few frequent now! This is a building for the LONG TERM !!!
      So please everyone, whilst we need 1500 signatures to make the Council call a FULL DEBATE, lets get this petition sky high, and keep sharing, posting, emailing, tweeting and getting more people to join us! Gill xx

    11. NEXT TARGET 1500 !!

      Gill Payne
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you everyone that has signed this petition so far. Please keep sharing, posting, emailing, tweeting or what ever else you can do to spread the word. You all matter !!!

    12. Reached 1,000 signatures
    13. The Theatres Trust!

      Gill Payne
      Petition Organizer

      Local Planning Authorities are required to consult and seek the advice of The Theatres Trust before they issue a decision on any planning application or development involving land on which there is a theatre or which will have an impact on theatre use, as defined in the 1976 Act. It was established by The Theatres Trust Act 1976 and The Theatres Trust (Scotland) Act 1978 ‘to promote the better protection of theatres’.
      The 1976 Theatres Trust Act defines a theatre as ‘any building or part of a building constructed wholly or mainly for the public performance of plays’. In this context ‘plays’ has the same meaning as in the Theatres Act 1968 and encompasses singing and dance and solo comedians.
      This applies to all theatre buildings, old & new, in current use, in other uses, or disused. It also includes ciné-variety cinema/theatres or structures that have been converted or adapted for theatre use, circus buildings and performing art centres. Our main objective is to safeguard theatre use

    14. Reached 750 signatures
    15. All over the world!

      Gill Payne
      Petition Organizer

      I would just like to say thank you to those of you who have already signed, including those of you from outside Blackpool, the rest of the UK and from Norway, Spain, Holland, Germany, Jersey, Switzerland and Florida USA! Keep on sharing and spreading the word ! Thank you all.

    16. WOW 250 signatures!!

      Gill Payne
      Petition Organizer

      Please keep sharing, emailing and asking your friends to sign. Would love to see Simon Blackburns face when he opens his emails !!!

    17. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Maureen Townsley BLACKPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Because I have spent many happy hours inside this theatre.

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    • Pam Aspin BLACKPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      This building is part of Blackpool's history. Much of the old building remains under the façade of the Syndicate. Restoration would be of great value to Blackpool's future as a world famous resort not to mention job creation. We don't need yet another car park in our historic town. How about a pay and ride facility from the outskirts.. Many residents have put forward some fantastic, financially viable ideas for this important piece of our heritage that would be of great benefit to Blackpool.

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    • Martin Cooper GOSPORT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      I was born an bred in Blackpool and spent a lot of my youth in this building when it was a cinema. Also my parents spent a lot of time here when the place was the original theatre. Its about time the clowncil started saveing some of our heritage rather than needlessly destroying it to make way for yet another carpark! At the rate they are going the whole town will be gone and the whole place will be one giant carpark!

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    • Z. Hunter BASILDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      I grew up in Lancashire and I view The Syndicate Superclub as an iconic, beautiful, memorable building and something I remain proud of to this day. I have so many fond memories of the it, especially when it was in its prime as the UK's largest and most iconic Superclub. To simply destroy it for something as meaningless as a CAR PARK when it is not a desperate requirement for Blackpool in the first place is a slap in the face. When will the Council realise that these buildings are what make Blackpool what it is!? Why not use it to create another attraction- be it an alternative entertainment venue, a museum paying tribute to the buildings previous host's as there is such a vast mixture of history and culture or even turn it into another nightclub! I for one will be very sad, disappointed and outraged if this wonderful and memorable building amounts to nothing more than rubble. It'll only serve as one of the final nails in the coffin of trade and tourism in this country! Save The Syndicate! Save our Heritage!!

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    • Ed Carpenter BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      I loved this venue when it was open and visit Blackpool a couple of times a year. Its a shame that the venue has closed down -and to loose it completely would be a great shame.

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