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‘Halt plans to bulldoze club’

Public meeting at Nellie Deans, Blackpool, called by campaigners wanting to save the former Syndicate/ABC theatre from demolition by the council.

Public meeting at Nellie Deans, Blackpool, called by campaigners wanting to save the former Syndicate/ABC theatre from demolition by the council.

  • by Shelagh Parkinson
 

THE former Syndicate nightclub should be redeveloped rather than demolished.

That was the view of campaigners who packed into Nellie Dean’s pub on the Promenade last night, calling on the council to rethink plans to bulldoze the Church Street building and use the site as a temporary car park.

Ideas for the future of the venue, previously home to the ABC Theatre and the Hippodrome, include converting it into a multi-use entertainment complex, a comedy club, a museum of entertainment or a conference centre.

Darren Rigby-O’Neill, from Fleetwood, told the meeting: “It should not be too difficult to convert the Syndicate into something like the 53 Degrees venue in Preston which is always full.”

Steven Foster, from Layton, suggested using
hologram technology to effectively bring back famous acts like The Beatles and Morecambe and Wise.

Karl Griffiths, of Blackpool-based DJ Solutions, suggested the building was taken over by a number of different operators to share costs.

Vikki Clarke, who runs The Cup Cake on Church Street, said she wanted something to bring visitors to the area.

Blackpool businessman and car park operator Howard Plant warned it did not make sense for the council to put a car park on the site.

He added: “As soon as it closed down I looked at it to turn it into a car park, and it is not viable.”

Campaigners now aim to present the ideas to town hall chiefs.

Businessman Stephen Brennan, who is spearheading the protest, said: “It is blatant people are passionate about this and they can see the potential the building has for the next generation of the town.”

Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism on Blackpool Council, has pledged to meet with campaigners and discuss their ideas.

The council has bid to buy the defunct nightclub for £635,000. The project will cost £1.3m in total.

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