PUBLICITY OVER a possible deal between the owners of the State Cinema and Wetherspoons could "threaten the outcome" says the leader of Thurrock Council.
Those who have followed the delicate negotiations regarding the State Cinema have often observed that the key word has been ‘delicate" and that the owners were always very reluctant to see their deals to be played out in the glare of publicity.
But with the story that Wetherspoon could be set to take over being splashed all over the borough, cllr John Kent has made the following statement.
Cllr John Kent, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: “We have been involved in delicate and private negotiations between the owners of the State Cinema in Grays and potential new investors for a considerable time – years.
“Those talks are continuing and are not yet finalised so, although the negotiations are positive and the council remains hopeful a deal will be done, the bright light of publicity is disappointing as it complicates and possibly even threatens the outcome.
“We will of course now redouble our efforts to use our influence so the final plans reflect the best possible use for this iconic building, both for Grays and for the borough as a whole.
“However these uses must reflect commercial realities. The council did look at the possibilities of investing in the building, but that would have cost the local council tax payer in the region of Â£12 million to Â£15 million to buy, refurbish, and conserve.”