Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Are #QuackCWaC Council planning to sell Chester's only current cinema?

UPDATE 10th May 2012: Council state they do not own cinema site. (Below original article.)

Chronology of events

Executive considered a report on 16th April to sell land owned by CWaC off Clifton Drive in Chester

Item 167 Sale of Land Off Clifton Drive, Chester

Restricted: Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information.

Decision: The Council be permitted to enter into an agreement to sell the land as detailed in the report.

This decision was then called in for consideration by Corporate Scrutiny on 3rd May.

Agenda: Corporate Scrutiny Committee

Item 6:  Sale of Land off Clifton Drive, Chester

Restricted: Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information.

A search of the Land Registry for land owned by CWaC in that area shows that the land in question is title Number: CH294186.  According to past planning applications, the bulk of this land has been frequently put forward for phase 3 of Chaser Court in the Greyhound Retail park in Chester. The remainder, as you can see from the Land Registry title register, 2 units which are leased to tenants including number 10 Chaser Court (Land registry title shows that the lease expires on 24/12/2012 but I have been told that CWaC extended the lease on the cinema until 24/3/2016. Why that doesn’t show on the title register is anyone's guess. ).

10, Chaser Court, Greyhound Retail Park, Chester, Cheshire CH1 4QQ is the address of 


A recent planning application 12/01955/EXT sought to extend the time limit on a previous planning application for the adjacent phase 2 of Chaser Court which included demolition of units to Chaser Court.

Plans on the application suggest conversion of the units adjacent to the cinema, including the bowling alley, into a food store and demolish other parts of Chaser Court to create parking.

So the question is are #QuackCWaC Council planning to sell Chester's only current cinema?

UPDATE 10th May 2012: Council state that they do not own cinema site

CWAC council today (Wednesday) quashed unfounded rumours that the future of the Cineworld multi-cinema, at Greyhound Park was ‘in doubt’ because the authority was considering selling the land.

Said a spokesman for the Council: “Firstly, we do not own the land on which the cinema stands...

My comment: The Council's statement is contrary to what the land register states. In addition, the Land Registry is meant to be a definitive source and kept up to date. 

This raises a number of questions, 
  1. Did CWaC Council ever own the land?
  2. If they did, when did they sell? 
  3. Why isn't the land registry entry correct and up to date?
The recent fiasco regarding their own proposed constitution doesn't fill me with confidence that CWaC Council actually know what's going on. However, for the moment we will just have to accept what they say and investigate why the land registry entry is wrong.

In addition why does the risk section of CWaC Council confidential report regarding the sale of the land, include “loss of cinema”.  Which begs the question, why did CWaC Council argue that rumours over he future of the Cineworld multi-cinema were unfounded, when their own report includes it as a possible risk of selling the land?

1 comment:

  1. Council response re: cinema http://www.talkingwestcheshire.org/talking_together_direct/news/media_releases_for_2012/may_2012/council_does_not_own_cinema_si.aspx

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