Plans for St Helen Auckland cinema complex being recommended for refusal

The Northern Echo: West Auckland County Councillor Rob Yorke at the proposed cinema complex site, pictured in 2012 West Auckland County Councillor Rob Yorke at the proposed cinema complex site, pictured in 2012

PLANS for a cinema complex on the outskirts of Bishop Auckland are being recommended for refusal due to fears it would further damage the town centre.

Durham County Council’s planning committee will determine the outline application for a six-screen cinema with shops, restaurants and other leisure facilities on a former tip and brickyard at their meeting next week.

Prestige Car Direct Properties and Land Planning Partnership want to build the complex on wasteland at Fieldon Bridge in St Helen Auckland behind the Tindale Crossing pub and Premier Inn.

Senior planning officer Henry Jones is recommending councillors reject the plans due to fears the shops in the new development would draw further trade out of Bishop Auckland town centre about a mile and a half away.

It is the same argument planning officers used when they recommended a new shopping centre at St Helen Auckland be refused in 2011.

But councillors overruled their officers on that occasion and the second phase of the shopping centre is due to open soon.

Sam Zair, Durham County Councillor for Bishop Auckland town centre, has previously led a campaign against the St Helen Auckland developments and said he would welcome the cinema aspect of the complex but was opposed to further shops.

Rob Yorke, county councillor for West Auckland, said the complex will benefit the whole Bishop Auckland area by attracting visitors from across the region.

A spokesman for the applicant said the complex would create more than 100 jobs and the company has pledged to give £300,000 to fund business advisors with a view to boosting the town centre.

A cinema was approved as part of the development, which saw the creation of Sainsbury’s and the new stadium for Bishop Auckland FC at St Helen Auckland in 2009, but a lack of funds let to the multiplex being axed.

The applicant behind the Fieldon Bridge scheme confirmed they have had interest from cinema operators and would build the movie theatre and restaurants as part of the first phase with shops to follow later.

Mr Jones said businesses are already leaving the town centre due to the St Helen Auckland shops.

He said further developments in the outskirts would “have significant adverse impacts upon the viability and vitality of Bishop Auckland town centre”.

The committee will meet at 2pm at County Hall in Durham on Tuesday, April 1.

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8:12pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Voice-of-reality says...

It is time to stop this parochial way of looking at such areas. ie. is it in Bishop Town, is it in Tindale, is it in West, or is it in St Helen's. Rather it all needs to be seen as part of one single entity - the Bishop Auckland urban area. It is all one built up area and the irrational fear that accompanies whether a single 1/4 mile stretch of retail has an advantage over another 1/4 mile of retail premises in what is a very small area is backward looking, damaging to the wider local economy, and misses the wider question. If the question of the cinema complex is put into a wider context the answer is clear: is is better for cinema goers who live in the Bishop urban area to spend their money in their local economy - or is it better for the local economy for them to travel to Darlington or Middlesbrough? Clearly it is better for the immeidate locality for them to stay in Bishop.
The present tonn high street is dying, (dead?), the circle of trade has moved to another part of the urban area - get over it - in the fullness of time, it will move again.
It is time to stop this parochial way of looking at such areas. ie. is it in Bishop Town, is it in Tindale, is it in West, or is it in St Helen's. Rather it all needs to be seen as part of one single entity - the Bishop Auckland urban area. It is all one built up area and the irrational fear that accompanies whether a single 1/4 mile stretch of retail has an advantage over another 1/4 mile of retail premises in what is a very small area is backward looking, damaging to the wider local economy, and misses the wider question. If the question of the cinema complex is put into a wider context the answer is clear: is is better for cinema goers who live in the Bishop urban area to spend their money in their local economy - or is it better for the local economy for them to travel to Darlington or Middlesbrough? Clearly it is better for the immeidate locality for them to stay in Bishop. The present tonn high street is dying, (dead?), the circle of trade has moved to another part of the urban area - get over it - in the fullness of time, it will move again. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 90

8:36pm Mon 24 Mar 14

theWorkerScum says...

This doesn't make sense, the town centre doesn't have a cinema so how can it take business away. I go to Sunderland for a decent cinema, I'll keep supporting the economy there instead then. Idiots.
This doesn't make sense, the town centre doesn't have a cinema so how can it take business away. I go to Sunderland for a decent cinema, I'll keep supporting the economy there instead then. Idiots. theWorkerScum
  • Score: 76

8:47pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Voice-of-reality says...

You forget, nothing must be done to Bishop town centre that might damage the number of people using a certain coffee shop. All schemes that could cause it damage MUST be rejected for the greater good
You forget, nothing must be done to Bishop town centre that might damage the number of people using a certain coffee shop. All schemes that could cause it damage MUST be rejected for the greater good Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 58

9:20pm Mon 24 Mar 14

punkrocker says...

our family travel to darlington, mboro even Newcastle to go to the cinema. therefore taking trade, revenue and jobs from the bishop area. this cinema would benefit bishop with jobs etc. I simply can not understand the objections.
our family travel to darlington, mboro even Newcastle to go to the cinema. therefore taking trade, revenue and jobs from the bishop area. this cinema would benefit bishop with jobs etc. I simply can not understand the objections. punkrocker
  • Score: 64

9:41pm Mon 24 Mar 14

facepage says...

Bishop town centre has been going down hill for years, long before the shops at tindale. Shops and shopping trends are changing just look at all the pound shops in the town. If all these people are bothered about the town centre should they have done things about it years ago. The town does need a cinema it would bring people into Bishop instead of going to Hartlepool or Teeside.
Bishop town centre has been going down hill for years, long before the shops at tindale. Shops and shopping trends are changing just look at all the pound shops in the town. If all these people are bothered about the town centre should they have done things about it years ago. The town does need a cinema it would bring people into Bishop instead of going to Hartlepool or Teeside. facepage
  • Score: 54

10:02pm Mon 24 Mar 14

bishop1 says...

we need the cinema in BIshop , imagine how the same people would be twisting their faces if the developers said sod it we will build one in aycliffe instead .
they would be crying on about the loss of trade , the cinema & retail park will work nicely as a whole , it can only benefit the town in general .
we need the cinema in BIshop , imagine how the same people would be twisting their faces if the developers said sod it we will build one in aycliffe instead . they would be crying on about the loss of trade , the cinema & retail park will work nicely as a whole , it can only benefit the town in general . bishop1
  • Score: 50

10:43pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Hunty1 says...

£300k to support business advisors, thats a joke, all the funding that went into funding business support for the inshops was a complete and utter waste of money..

As long as people support the complex whats the problem?
£300k to support business advisors, thats a joke, all the funding that went into funding business support for the inshops was a complete and utter waste of money.. As long as people support the complex whats the problem? Hunty1
  • Score: 23

11:35pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Voice-of-reality says...

The problem is that a certain coffee shop in town might suffer. Alas, if you vote for muppets - you get muppets.
The problem is that a certain coffee shop in town might suffer. Alas, if you vote for muppets - you get muppets. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 36

9:00am Tue 25 Mar 14

roofer says...

the town center has been dead for years Councillor Zair should have done something about the amount of pound shops and charity shops that opened in the main street then it might have been worth a look i live on Cockton hill and have been down Newgate street no more than three times in the last year but go to Darlington and Middlesbrough regular, the cinema will only enhance Bishop Auckland maybe its time Mr Zair resigned as a Councillor and we get someone who does not have a personnel financial interest
the town center has been dead for years Councillor Zair should have done something about the amount of pound shops and charity shops that opened in the main street then it might have been worth a look i live on Cockton hill and have been down Newgate street no more than three times in the last year but go to Darlington and Middlesbrough regular, the cinema will only enhance Bishop Auckland maybe its time Mr Zair resigned as a Councillor and we get someone who does not have a personnel financial interest roofer
  • Score: 35

9:28am Tue 25 Mar 14

hippyjohn says...

the cinema was promised as a sweetener when the shopping centre was proposed .if we can`t have a cinema lets pull down the shops
the cinema was promised as a sweetener when the shopping centre was proposed .if we can`t have a cinema lets pull down the shops hippyjohn
  • Score: 14

9:30am Tue 25 Mar 14

hippyjohn says...

surely this is a picture of councillor york at west auckland green as shown in the echo previously
surely this is a picture of councillor york at west auckland green as shown in the echo previously hippyjohn
  • Score: 2

9:34am Tue 25 Mar 14

sweetie-cee says...

What a ridiculous reason to stop the development... The town centre was dead long before anything happened at St. Helen's and building more at the new retail area will make no difference to the town.

Councillor Sam Zair has only his own business interests in mind!

People go to the cinema out of area, because there's nothing here - it makes no difference to local economy at the moment, yet build the complex and, even if it doesn't bring other people in, it will at least mean local people spend their money here. Bishop and St. Helen's are neighbours, why the separation..??
Why is nobody questioning which shops are in St. Helen's - I mean, surely having The Card Factory and Home Bargains in the new units is damaging the town more since they're already there! Why didn't they try to keep St.Helen's for different shops, maybe for the better kind of shops and keep the bargain stores for the town? Surely that would attract people to the town to visit specific shops. there are far too many charity shops and bookmakers to make the average shopper want to go there!
What a ridiculous reason to stop the development... The town centre was dead long before anything happened at St. Helen's and building more at the new retail area will make no difference to the town. Councillor Sam Zair has only his own business interests in mind! People go to the cinema out of area, because there's nothing here - it makes no difference to local economy at the moment, yet build the complex and, even if it doesn't bring other people in, it will at least mean local people spend their money here. Bishop and St. Helen's are neighbours, why the separation..?? Why is nobody questioning which shops are in St. Helen's - I mean, surely having The Card Factory and Home Bargains in the new units is damaging the town more since they're already there! Why didn't they try to keep St.Helen's for different shops, maybe for the better kind of shops and keep the bargain stores for the town? Surely that would attract people to the town to visit specific shops. there are far too many charity shops and bookmakers to make the average shopper want to go there! sweetie-cee
  • Score: 36

9:53am Tue 25 Mar 14

Pete1955 says...

I cant believe how short sighted those who oppose the cinema complex and associated shops and food outlets are.
How can a cinema take trade away from town centre shops. If anything people who visit the cinema would be inclined to pop into town first for a look around or afterwards for a drink or even a meal.
As for additional shops and restaurants near the cinema, this would only enhance the experience of visitors to the cinema attracting people from outside of the Bishop Auckland area and thus increasing the spending in our area.
As far as the town centre is concerned the council should be concentrating on attracting new businesses that are relevant to today and the needs and desires of the people they represent.
I cant believe how short sighted those who oppose the cinema complex and associated shops and food outlets are. How can a cinema take trade away from town centre shops. If anything people who visit the cinema would be inclined to pop into town first for a look around or afterwards for a drink or even a meal. As for additional shops and restaurants near the cinema, this would only enhance the experience of visitors to the cinema attracting people from outside of the Bishop Auckland area and thus increasing the spending in our area. As far as the town centre is concerned the council should be concentrating on attracting new businesses that are relevant to today and the needs and desires of the people they represent. Pete1955
  • Score: 39

10:39am Tue 25 Mar 14

lfp says...

What town centre.
What town centre. lfp
  • Score: 32

11:19am Tue 25 Mar 14

foss says...

For goodness sake, wake up and give the local people the cinema they so clearly want and deserve and stop perpetuating the myth that there's anything in Bishop town centre worth visiting! There are already shops and restaurants in St Helen's so how would a cinema take trade away from the town centre? And surely there's more chance of people spending money in Bishop if they're in St Helen's then if they go to Middlesbrough, Darlington, Sunderland, Newcastle etc to a cinema as everyone is forced to do at the moment!
For goodness sake, wake up and give the local people the cinema they so clearly want and deserve and stop perpetuating the myth that there's anything in Bishop town centre worth visiting! There are already shops and restaurants in St Helen's so how would a cinema take trade away from the town centre? And surely there's more chance of people spending money in Bishop if they're in St Helen's then if they go to Middlesbrough, Darlington, Sunderland, Newcastle etc to a cinema as everyone is forced to do at the moment! foss
  • Score: 32

12:44pm Tue 25 Mar 14

darloboss says...

the shopping development in tindale / st helens is the new town centre fo bishop auckland just flatten the old part of town and use it for housing
the shopping development in tindale / st helens is the new town centre fo bishop auckland just flatten the old part of town and use it for housing darloboss
  • Score: 19

12:46pm Tue 25 Mar 14

DaisyBear says...

Outstanding comment, VoR. I do not always agree with you, but here you are absolutely spot on.

Bishop is dead, and has been for a long time. It was the county council itself that slammed the last nail in its coffin with its disgraceful failure to maintain its properties, and its pathetic and slow response to the Mothercare building collapse. That effectively made it far more difficult and far more unattractive to visit the high street. To have then added insult to injury by attempting to force all vehicles into that ghastly car park (ill-lit, filthy, poorly designed) by making vehicles avoid the town centre as much as possible was the strongest message to people that they did not want visitors, let alone trade. Even the disabled cannot park outside the post office for five minutes any more - the consequence being they go elsewhere.

Work it out, councillors. Ignore the planning numpties.
Outstanding comment, VoR. I do not always agree with you, but here you are absolutely spot on. Bishop is dead, and has been for a long time. It was the county council itself that slammed the last nail in its coffin with its disgraceful failure to maintain its properties, and its pathetic and slow response to the Mothercare building collapse. That effectively made it far more difficult and far more unattractive to visit the high street. To have then added insult to injury by attempting to force all vehicles into that ghastly car park (ill-lit, filthy, poorly designed) by making vehicles avoid the town centre as much as possible was the strongest message to people that they did not want visitors, let alone trade. Even the disabled cannot park outside the post office for five minutes any more - the consequence being they go elsewhere. Work it out, councillors. Ignore the planning numpties. DaisyBear
  • Score: 32

3:27pm Tue 25 Mar 14

FTMLS007 says...

The council seems intent on killing off Bishop as a town. Its a ghost town and their policies are so far out of touch with reality its untrue. Shops closed, market finished, no free parking, no reason to go into town. Scandalous. How can a cinema make it worse? Come election time the people of Bishop need to remember how much damage the current councillors have caused. Shame on them!
The council seems intent on killing off Bishop as a town. Its a ghost town and their policies are so far out of touch with reality its untrue. Shops closed, market finished, no free parking, no reason to go into town. Scandalous. How can a cinema make it worse? Come election time the people of Bishop need to remember how much damage the current councillors have caused. Shame on them! FTMLS007
  • Score: 22

4:29pm Tue 25 Mar 14

punkrocker says...

dear councillors my daughters and I are going to the pictures next week. are you happy that we are spending our money at teeside instead of bishop. I am sure that the folk of teeside are happy to have our money. its a no brainer the cinema will bring in jobs.
dear councillors my daughters and I are going to the pictures next week. are you happy that we are spending our money at teeside instead of bishop. I am sure that the folk of teeside are happy to have our money. its a no brainer the cinema will bring in jobs. punkrocker
  • Score: 22

4:35pm Tue 25 Mar 14

tizzytizzy says...

Bishop is an historic market town, the town council efforts should be in enhancing the town centre to represent that ie, old fashioned tea rooms, antique shops and craft shops alongside independant boutiques, shops and higher end restaurants then at St Helens have the cinema, shops and food oulets, that way people will have so much choice and bishop will be a thriving towns again
Bishop is an historic market town, the town council efforts should be in enhancing the town centre to represent that ie, old fashioned tea rooms, antique shops and craft shops alongside independant boutiques, shops and higher end restaurants then at St Helens have the cinema, shops and food oulets, that way people will have so much choice and bishop will be a thriving towns again tizzytizzy
  • Score: 24

4:44pm Tue 25 Mar 14

rat man says...

Senior Planning Officer Henry Jones said," further developments in the outskirts would have significant adverse impacts upon the viability and vitality of Bishop Auckland town centre”.

Is there some part of Bishop Auckland Town Centre that I don't know about.
Two market stalls, if you are lucky on Thursday market day.

Not a sign of any taxis using the Taxi Rank outside Weatherspoons, and yet this is still the DCC Parking Enforcement Officers favourite hunting ground.
No doubt, the developers will appeal to D of E, and get refusal overturned.

And what is the money generated from parking tickets being used for? Keeping Care Homes open?. I think not. Subsidising loss making, non statutory over staffed, under worked services like pest control, even though such services are well provided for by they private sector. I'm of to Tindale now for a cup of coffee in Costa!, thats if I can get a seat!
Senior Planning Officer Henry Jones said," further developments in the outskirts would have significant adverse impacts upon the viability and vitality of Bishop Auckland town centre”. Is there some part of Bishop Auckland Town Centre that I don't know about. Two market stalls, if you are lucky on Thursday market day. Not a sign of any taxis using the Taxi Rank outside Weatherspoons, and yet this is still the DCC Parking Enforcement Officers favourite hunting ground. No doubt, the developers will appeal to D of E, and get refusal overturned. And what is the money generated from parking tickets being used for? Keeping Care Homes open?. I think not. Subsidising loss making, non statutory over staffed, under worked services like pest control, even though such services are well provided for by they private sector. I'm of to Tindale now for a cup of coffee in Costa!, thats if I can get a seat! rat man
  • Score: 24

4:49pm Tue 25 Mar 14

rat man says...

darloboss wrote:
the shopping development in tindale / st helens is the new town centre fo bishop auckland just flatten the old part of town and use it for housing
It is currently being used as a Parking Enforcement Officer training ground!
[quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: the shopping development in tindale / st helens is the new town centre fo bishop auckland just flatten the old part of town and use it for housing[/p][/quote]It is currently being used as a Parking Enforcement Officer training ground! rat man
  • Score: 23

5:04pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Pete1955 says...

Why decline dozens of jobs in the cinema and associated restaurants and shops. Not to mention the local labour recruited to build the complex.
All these people would then have money to spend locally.
Please let common sense rule. Give the local people what they want, jobs, a cinema, and decent choice of town and out of town restaurants.
Why decline dozens of jobs in the cinema and associated restaurants and shops. Not to mention the local labour recruited to build the complex. All these people would then have money to spend locally. Please let common sense rule. Give the local people what they want, jobs, a cinema, and decent choice of town and out of town restaurants. Pete1955
  • Score: 17

5:38pm Tue 25 Mar 14

summc65 says...

Would be Totally ridiculous to refuse the building of a cinema in the area, it is what are this area really needs and jobs, breath new life into the area, some of us locals don't drive and cant afford to have the added expense to jump on bus and go visit a cinema in Hartlepool or Teeside, would bring more people and trade to the bishop auckland area and more custom to town centre'
Would be Totally ridiculous to refuse the building of a cinema in the area, it is what are this area really needs and jobs, breath new life into the area, some of us locals don't drive and cant afford to have the added expense to jump on bus and go visit a cinema in Hartlepool or Teeside, would bring more people and trade to the bishop auckland area and more custom to town centre' summc65
  • Score: 17

6:12pm Tue 25 Mar 14

pilchrat says...

Can I suggest that now is the moment for everyone to support this application by submitting a planning comment? It'll be collated and seen by those making the decisions on the committee (eg elected members) and there's still a chance that if they see the strength of feeling in terms of support for this application they may still approve it despite officers recommending its refusal.

Email dmstrategic@durham.g
ov.uk with reference CMA/3/50 in the subject and say why you support this application. It'll have much more impact than just commenting on here. Lets make this thing happen!!
Can I suggest that now is the moment for everyone to support this application by submitting a planning comment? It'll be collated and seen by those making the decisions on the committee (eg elected members) and there's still a chance that if they see the strength of feeling in terms of support for this application they may still approve it despite officers recommending its refusal. Email dmstrategic@durham.g ov.uk with reference CMA/3/50 in the subject and say why you support this application. It'll have much more impact than just commenting on here. Lets make this thing happen!! pilchrat
  • Score: 23

7:46pm Tue 25 Mar 14

DaisyBear says...

Excellent suggestion, pilchrat. I have just done so.
Excellent suggestion, pilchrat. I have just done so. DaisyBear
  • Score: 6

8:01pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Westwoods says...

So , for people who live locally ,we get an overload of shops, supermarkets and fast food outlets, that we don't really need, causing a traffic overload to such a state that both the old road and the bypass are clogged mornings nights and weekends, But .. We can not have a much needed facility such as a Cinema that would serve the area, reduce the need to to travel to other areas and not add to the congestion as it would be on the opposite side to the main shopping Park ?
Just what planet are these councillors (whose are elected to serve the public) on?
So , for people who live locally ,we get an overload of shops, supermarkets and fast food outlets, that we don't really need, causing a traffic overload to such a state that both the old road and the bypass are clogged mornings nights and weekends, But .. We can not have a much needed facility such as a Cinema that would serve the area, reduce the need to to travel to other areas and not add to the congestion as it would be on the opposite side to the main shopping Park ? Just what planet are these councillors (whose are elected to serve the public) on? Westwoods
  • Score: 13

10:41pm Tue 25 Mar 14

jeanie b. bishop says...

My good God...As the article says ( "voice of reality") Sam Zair is NOT opposed to a cinema complex at Tindale Cres/St Helens. YES I am a friend of his. NO I am not in the same political party as him . I stood with him and Lesley outside the Hospital trying to stop its closure were you there ?? Why do people always have to look for a scapegoat. Blame the person (s) who have asked for the planning refusal and may I remind you that Mr Zair was voted in by Bishop Auckland people. Their choice. Did you even vote. ?
My good God...As the article says ( "voice of reality") Sam Zair is NOT opposed to a cinema complex at Tindale Cres/St Helens. YES I am a friend of his. NO I am not in the same political party as him . I stood with him and Lesley outside the Hospital trying to stop its closure were you there ?? Why do people always have to look for a scapegoat. Blame the person (s) who have asked for the planning refusal and may I remind you that Mr Zair was voted in by Bishop Auckland people. Their choice. Did you even vote. ? jeanie b. bishop
  • Score: -15

11:43pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Zair has consistently, in the opinion of many, put the 'needs' of Bondgate and associated areas above the wider needs of the urban area. No I was not at the hosptial rally - it was, in my opinion, a pointless and futile exercise in gesture politics that did nothing to stop the A&E closure - such decisions are not influenced by a few woollly hatted liberals standing outside in the same way that the 'sign and stamp' petition postcards of yesteryear addressed to MPS are always merely filed in the round filing cabinet aka. a bin.
And yes, you are correct, Councillor Zair was voted in by the people of Bishop - not only does my previous post on 'muppets' stand, but so to do my concerns as to the desirability and 'fit for purpose' nature of the present franchise.
I will, however, be presently surpised, if I read in the NE next week that Councillor Zair has led comments by councillors in the council chamber calling for the development to be approved - I await with much interest.
Zair has consistently, in the opinion of many, put the 'needs' of Bondgate and associated areas above the wider needs of the urban area. No I was not at the hosptial rally - it was, in my opinion, a pointless and futile exercise in gesture politics that did nothing to stop the A&E closure - such decisions are not influenced by a few woollly hatted liberals standing outside in the same way that the 'sign and stamp' petition postcards of yesteryear addressed to MPS are always merely filed in the round filing cabinet aka. a bin. And yes, you are correct, Councillor Zair was voted in by the people of Bishop - not only does my previous post on 'muppets' stand, but so to do my concerns as to the desirability and 'fit for purpose' nature of the present franchise. I will, however, be presently surpised, if I read in the NE next week that Councillor Zair has led comments by councillors in the council chamber calling for the development to be approved - I await with much interest. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 15

1:56pm Wed 26 Mar 14

rat man says...

I am thinking about applying for planning permission to open a coffee shop in Fore Bondgate. Can I expect the independent local council representative for Bishop Auckland to support my application, which is intended to attract droves of shoppers into the Town Centre. The only thing Bish lacks at the moment, is a really decent coffee shop.
I am thinking about applying for planning permission to open a coffee shop in Fore Bondgate. Can I expect the independent local council representative for Bishop Auckland to support my application, which is intended to attract droves of shoppers into the Town Centre. The only thing Bish lacks at the moment, is a really decent coffee shop. rat man
  • Score: 12

3:14pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Voice-of-reality says...

.... and a decent independent councillor.
.... and a decent independent councillor. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 10

6:49pm Wed 26 Mar 14

mollydolly11 says...

the town centre was finished the day they planed the retail stores at tindale bishop Auckland .the town centre will end up being a residential area .
the government as cut youth work so that means theirs is nothing for children to do apart from walk the streets
the government what parents to be more in control and involved with there children
a cinema would make a big difference . in this area there is a lot of people who have not got transport and would love to take there children out for a treat most children have never seen a cinema
also it will make new jobs
the town centre was finished the day they planed the retail stores at tindale bishop Auckland .the town centre will end up being a residential area . the government as cut youth work so that means theirs is nothing for children to do apart from walk the streets the government what parents to be more in control and involved with there children a cinema would make a big difference . in this area there is a lot of people who have not got transport and would love to take there children out for a treat most children have never seen a cinema also it will make new jobs mollydolly11
  • Score: 2

7:03pm Wed 26 Mar 14

mollydolly11 says...

if you agree to the planning of the cinema and outlet in tindale bishop Auckland press on thumbs up to this comment and see how many are in agreement with a cinema
then we can take it further


Email dmstrategic@durham.g

ov.uk with reference CMA/3/50 in the subject and say why you support this application. It'll have much more impact than just commenting on here. Lets make this thing happen!!
if you agree to the planning of the cinema and outlet in tindale bishop Auckland press on thumbs up to this comment and see how many are in agreement with a cinema then we can take it further Email dmstrategic@durham.g ov.uk with reference CMA/3/50 in the subject and say why you support this application. It'll have much more impact than just commenting on here. Lets make this thing happen!! mollydolly11
  • Score: 28

9:58am Thu 27 Mar 14

sophiemariebrown1 says...

I'm sorry but kill the town?!!!! YOU GUYS KILLED THE TOWN WHEN YOU LET TRAFFIC WARDENS TAKE OVER!!!! NO ONE COMES TO BISHOP BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO WALK AGES OR PAY FOR PARKING WHY! WE CAN GO ELSEWHERE AND GET FREE PARKING!! A CINEMA WOULD DO US GOOD AND BRING PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER !!! BRINGING MORE PEOPLE TO THE AREA!! IF THEY WANT TO NOT KILL THE TOWN GET RID OF THE TRAFFIC WARDENS BECAUSE I KNOW THIS IS WHY PEOPLE DO NOT GO INTO BISHOP ANYMORE! STOP TWO SECONDS THERE THERE TRYING TO GIVE YOU A TICKET! GREED!
I'm sorry but kill the town?!!!! YOU GUYS KILLED THE TOWN WHEN YOU LET TRAFFIC WARDENS TAKE OVER!!!! NO ONE COMES TO BISHOP BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO WALK AGES OR PAY FOR PARKING WHY! WE CAN GO ELSEWHERE AND GET FREE PARKING!! A CINEMA WOULD DO US GOOD AND BRING PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER !!! BRINGING MORE PEOPLE TO THE AREA!! IF THEY WANT TO NOT KILL THE TOWN GET RID OF THE TRAFFIC WARDENS BECAUSE I KNOW THIS IS WHY PEOPLE DO NOT GO INTO BISHOP ANYMORE! STOP TWO SECONDS THERE THERE TRYING TO GIVE YOU A TICKET! GREED! sophiemariebrown1
  • Score: 8

10:08am Thu 27 Mar 14

Ally F says...

tizzytizzy wrote:
Bishop is an historic market town, the town council efforts should be in enhancing the town centre to represent that ie, old fashioned tea rooms, antique shops and craft shops alongside independant boutiques, shops and higher end restaurants then at St Helens have the cinema, shops and food oulets, that way people will have so much choice and bishop will be a thriving towns again
tizzytizzy you are onto something there....

I ran down Newgate last night on a training run in the dark and pouring rain. It was a much more enjoyable experience than visiting during weekend trading hours. Why? Because the place was bereft of the usual foul mouthed crowd and their feral offspring frequenting pound shops galore, charity tat shops, casinos, bookies, greasy spoon cafes and cheap drinking outlets.

Don't get me wrong, there's a place for all such establishments - but completing ramming Newgate Street with them has turned Bishop Auckland centre into a low margin 'pile'em high and sell'em cheap' retail ghetto, to the exclusion of high-end craft shops, boutiques, restaurants and artisan businesses.

I fear the horse has bolted from the stable now; the time has long since past for Newgate Street retailers to up their game supported by some strategic local government policy.
[quote][p][bold]tizzytizzy[/bold] wrote: Bishop is an historic market town, the town council efforts should be in enhancing the town centre to represent that ie, old fashioned tea rooms, antique shops and craft shops alongside independant boutiques, shops and higher end restaurants then at St Helens have the cinema, shops and food oulets, that way people will have so much choice and bishop will be a thriving towns again[/p][/quote]tizzytizzy you are onto something there.... I ran down Newgate last night on a training run in the dark and pouring rain. It was a much more enjoyable experience than visiting during weekend trading hours. Why? Because the place was bereft of the usual foul mouthed crowd and their feral offspring frequenting pound shops galore, charity tat shops, casinos, bookies, greasy spoon cafes and cheap drinking outlets. Don't get me wrong, there's a place for all such establishments - but completing ramming Newgate Street with them has turned Bishop Auckland centre into a low margin 'pile'em high and sell'em cheap' retail ghetto, to the exclusion of high-end craft shops, boutiques, restaurants and artisan businesses. I fear the horse has bolted from the stable now; the time has long since past for Newgate Street retailers to up their game supported by some strategic local government policy. Ally F
  • Score: 6

10:50am Thu 27 Mar 14

tizzytizzy says...

mollydolly11 wrote:
the town centre was finished the day they planed the retail stores at tindale bishop Auckland .the town centre will end up being a residential area .
the government as cut youth work so that means theirs is nothing for children to do apart from walk the streets
the government what parents to be more in control and involved with there children
a cinema would make a big difference . in this area there is a lot of people who have not got transport and would love to take there children out for a treat most children have never seen a cinema
also it will make new jobs
Bishop Auckland was finished off a long time before the retail units at St Helens were even a thought, Bishops decline started when Doggarts closed and the buses were moved out of the market place. So now is the time to regenerate it and turn it back into an old fashioned market town .
[quote][p][bold]mollydolly11[/bold] wrote: the town centre was finished the day they planed the retail stores at tindale bishop Auckland .the town centre will end up being a residential area . the government as cut youth work so that means theirs is nothing for children to do apart from walk the streets the government what parents to be more in control and involved with there children a cinema would make a big difference . in this area there is a lot of people who have not got transport and would love to take there children out for a treat most children have never seen a cinema also it will make new jobs[/p][/quote]Bishop Auckland was finished off a long time before the retail units at St Helens were even a thought, Bishops decline started when Doggarts closed and the buses were moved out of the market place. So now is the time to regenerate it and turn it back into an old fashioned market town . tizzytizzy
  • Score: 6

1:19pm Thu 27 Mar 14

cholmes005 says...

have just read through the comments and everyone seems to agree on same things. I don't have a car or even live in the area anymore but when I visit Tindale is more appealing as bus reaches there before it reaches bishop town centre which to be frank is depressing now especially the bus station and even bargain stores aint there no more. Once argos and Wilkinsons leave for Tindale that will be it. maybe if council scrapped parking charges the town centre could pick up. instead they have **** car parks manned by hitlers. Does anyone know why and sort of cinema and retail complex was not built on the old bus depot? Its not just the shops look how much the nightlife has declined. Postchaise and queens both shut, tut n shive a betting shop, mondoes shut and a few other pubs a shadow of there former selves. maybe someone should open a nightclub or boozer with late licence at TIndale
have just read through the comments and everyone seems to agree on same things. I don't have a car or even live in the area anymore but when I visit Tindale is more appealing as bus reaches there before it reaches bishop town centre which to be frank is depressing now especially the bus station and even bargain stores aint there no more. Once argos and Wilkinsons leave for Tindale that will be it. maybe if council scrapped parking charges the town centre could pick up. instead they have **** car parks manned by hitlers. Does anyone know why and sort of cinema and retail complex was not built on the old bus depot? Its not just the shops look how much the nightlife has declined. Postchaise and queens both shut, tut n shive a betting shop, mondoes shut and a few other pubs a shadow of there former selves. maybe someone should open a nightclub or boozer with late licence at TIndale cholmes005
  • Score: 4

1:34pm Fri 28 Mar 14

GeniServ says...

tizzytizzy wrote:
mollydolly11 wrote:
the town centre was finished the day they planed the retail stores at tindale bishop Auckland .the town centre will end up being a residential area .
the government as cut youth work so that means theirs is nothing for children to do apart from walk the streets
the government what parents to be more in control and involved with there children
a cinema would make a big difference . in this area there is a lot of people who have not got transport and would love to take there children out for a treat most children have never seen a cinema
also it will make new jobs
Bishop Auckland was finished off a long time before the retail units at St Helens were even a thought, Bishops decline started when Doggarts closed and the buses were moved out of the market place. So now is the time to regenerate it and turn it back into an old fashioned market town .
Lets bring Bishop Auckland back from it's knees.

http://www.ipetition
s.com/petition/bisho
pcinema

Please sign and back this petition.
[quote][p][bold]tizzytizzy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mollydolly11[/bold] wrote: the town centre was finished the day they planed the retail stores at tindale bishop Auckland .the town centre will end up being a residential area . the government as cut youth work so that means theirs is nothing for children to do apart from walk the streets the government what parents to be more in control and involved with there children a cinema would make a big difference . in this area there is a lot of people who have not got transport and would love to take there children out for a treat most children have never seen a cinema also it will make new jobs[/p][/quote]Bishop Auckland was finished off a long time before the retail units at St Helens were even a thought, Bishops decline started when Doggarts closed and the buses were moved out of the market place. So now is the time to regenerate it and turn it back into an old fashioned market town .[/p][/quote]Lets bring Bishop Auckland back from it's knees. http://www.ipetition s.com/petition/bisho pcinema Please sign and back this petition. GeniServ
  • Score: 5

10:30am Mon 31 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

Instead of a daft Cinema showing mainly brainwashed violent Films, spend the money on a new swimming school and/or Library for the Kids, get them away from pathetic computer games and 'oot and aboot'. in the fresh air.
Instead of a daft Cinema showing mainly brainwashed violent Films, spend the money on a new swimming school and/or Library for the Kids, get them away from pathetic computer games and 'oot and aboot'. in the fresh air. cushybutterfield
  • Score: -2

11:51am Mon 31 Mar 14

black&whitehorse says...

bit of barebacked riding dat will get da kids out crusty
bit of barebacked riding dat will get da kids out crusty black&whitehorse
  • Score: 0

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