Please pledge before 8 November for the Stayin Alive community-led bid
The Co-op is planning to sell its Funeralcare building - the former Gaumont cinema - to a developer who will knock it down and build expensive apartments. This is an inappropriate development for the centre of Chorlton and will mean losing a part of our heritage - the place where the Bee Gees first performed.
We're supporting the Stayin Alive community-led bid by the Chorlton Community Land Trust to buy the building and turn it into a fabulous shared space for the community.
The plan will create an open market for local traders and 'pop-up' eating space. It will create much-needed new premises for the Chorlton Family Practice. And the whole site will be a tribute to the Bee Gees.
Sign our petition before 8 November!
We want the Co-op to help the Stayin Alive community bid by doing three simple things:
Give us more time - the Co-op property department have only given until 8 November to come up with an offer
Reject the current speculative bid - which is inappropriate for central Chorlton
Accept a fair price - which is what the community will offer
Over 60 people turned out on a wet evening at Oswald Road primary school on Thursday (26th September) to hear about exciting plans to save the former Gaumont cinema and develop the surrounding site:
Arts and cultural attraction
Pop-up food hall and craft space
Much-needed space for NHS
Chris Peacock and Simon Hooton explained the plans and how the Chorlton Community Land Trust will lead a fundraising effort with a target of £250,000. The Co-op has given the Community Land Trust a window to put together a bid.
Councillor Eve Holt set the campaign in context and passed on a message of support from Jeff Smith MP.
Hazel and Justine Gibb told the meeting how the Gibb family, including surviving Bee Gee, Barry Gibb, are all supporting the campaign.