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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.
Councillor Simon Blackburn, Blackpool Council, Lancashire UK
Councillor Simon Blackburn 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. 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...
Councillor Simon Blackburn 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. 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. We are serious about saving this building and want some of our heritage to remain. Yours Sincerely Mrs Gill Payne and Mr Stephen Brennand.
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.
Decision-maker The Rt Hon Maria Miller MP responds:
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...
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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