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Statement on the future of the Royalty cinema in Bowness

6 June 2018

In response to some recent claims about the future of the Royalty cinema in Bowness, Councillor Chris Hogg, our portfolio holder for Culture and Leisure, has issued the following statement:

“The Lake District National Park put out a call to owners of sites in the national park to identify any that may have potential for development over the next 15 years of the LDNPA’s Local Plan period.

“South Lakeland District Council put forward a number of sites it owns within the national park that it may possibly look to improve, enhance or develop in the next 15 years, to ensure that these sites are included in these discussions.

“What it does not mean is that there are any plans or proposals for any of these sites.

‘In relation to the Royalty in Bowness, let me be clear that we have no intention of losing the Royalty as a cinema. It is a vital cultural and historical asset for the district which forms an important part of the Bowness Conservation area and is also significant in terms of the LDNPA World Heritage offer. More importantly, it is highly valued by locals and visitors alike and provides excellent entertainment and leisure in this key tourist location.

“SLDC does, however, want to consider possible improvements to the sites listed in the LDNPA’s consultation document on the Local Plan, but wants to re-state that the future of the cinema and the building is not under threat from the council.’’