The Elmbridge Liberal Democrat/Residents’ coalition put forward a proposal for the conversion of the Weybridge Hall into a cinema with flats above. This was agreed by the council on 19 April this last.
Since our last report the cinema operator has been agreed and a planning application has been made.
Arts cinema would be a great addition to the evening economy with people typically adding a meal or drinks to the occasion and ample parking is available directly opposite.
One of the key aspects of the design is to ensure that the acoustics are perfect not just for the cinema goers but for the residents above and the neighbours surrounding the development.
Another aspect is the parking. Minorca Road is a small cul de sac in the town centre. It has had controlled parking for a number of years. However, recently Surrey county has introduced free parking for non-permit holders for up to one hour. This has had a detrimental affect on residents’ parking.
When Surrey county ran its recent parking review in Weybridge I had recommended that Minorca Road along with Limes Road had its controlled parking extended into the evening up to 10pm. However, a compromise time of 8pm was offered and in the final round Surrey county withdrew the offer. Although the Conservatives still run the county administration I hope that we can persuade county to make the change in the next review.