Published 8 August 2012
Empire Cinemas could be forced to sell its disused site in the heart of Ealing unless it begins building work by 24 October 2012.
If work doesnt start the council will instruct lawyers to apply for a compulsory purchase order to acquire the land from the company.
Despite repeated reassurance from Empire that it would build a new complex, the site has been left derelict since the old cinema was demolished in 2008.
The decision to apply for a compulsory purchase order was made at a meeting of the cabinet on Wednesday 25 July 2012. It was also agreed that the council should start looking for a developer or partner to work with the council to buy the site and build the cinema. Under any agreement the selected developer would have to meet all costs associated with buying the land.
Council leader, Councillor Julian Bell, said: Were sick and tired of Empires empty promises. They have told us so many times that work is about to start, but Im afraid Ive stopped believing anything they say. If they dont want to develop the site, there are many other companies out there that do. If they dont start building before October is out, well take action to acquire the site and transfer it to someone else who will give Ealing the cinema weve all been waiting for.
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