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Archive - Monday, 9 December 2002

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Residents in support of new flats plan

PEOPLE living in Sidcup have rallied to support plans to demolish the town's former cinema and replace it with two blocks of flats.

The plan goes before Bexley councillors tomorrow night and, if it is approved, could signal an end to the prospect of a nightclub in the town centre.

The application by Mount Anvil Construction would demolish the cinema completely and the rear of 77a High Street, next door.

The Victorian facade of 77a would be preserved.

In their place it is planned to build 38 one and two-bedroom flats in two blocks ranging in height between two and four storeys, with commercial uses on the ground floor.

Only 28 parking spaces will be provided for the owners of the two-bedroom flats and none of the residents will be eligible for on-street parking permits, to encourage flat owners to use public transport.

The only objector to the plan is the Theatres Trust which wants to protect the future of the building for long-term use either as a cinema or for live performances.

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