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Meeting demands Futurist theatre is saved from demolition in Scarborough

Issue No. 2529

At the meeting in Scarborough

At the meeting in Scarborough (Pic: Kim Hunter)


Some 350 people attended an angry public meeting in Scarborough on Wednesday of last week. They were demanding the Tory council halt its plans to demolish the town’s Futurist Theatre.

Amid cries of “Corruption” and “It’s not theirs to sell!”, people lambasted the council. They believe it is part of a deal done behind closed doors with super-rich Flamingoland owners, the Gibb family, to build a rollercoaster on the site.

Actor Ken Kitson said he would demand the keys from the council. Activist Kim Hunter was applauded when she added, “There are 350 of us in this room. We should go together to demand the keys to our building!”

The Futurist is Britain’s oldest surviving “Supercinema”. It is the fifth largest theatre outside London, the first designed with clear sight lines for every seat and has the largest circle in the country.

More on the campaign here

Holloway prison protest says no to more luxury flats

Campaigners were set to hold a protest outside the recently-closed Holloway women’s prison in north London this Saturday.

It’s part of a campaign for community services to be built on the site. The eight acre site is due to be sold on to a developer to build luxury flats.

Join the protest 5pm, Saturday 12 November, Holloway Prison, Parkhurst Rd, N7 0NU


Tent dwellers vow to stop redevelopment of Hornsey Town Hall

A campaign against the selloff of Hornsey Town Hall in north London staged a sleepout last weekend.

The town hall, its annex and the green space to the front are to be redeveloped into a hotel.

“The space belongs to us, the people of Hornsey,” said John Sinha, one of the campers.


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