Bargoed multiplex cinema plans get go ahead
Bargoed looks set to have a new multiplex cinema after councillors agreed plans for its development.
Caerphilly County Borough Council’s cabinet agreed to move ahead with the plan and a report will now be presented to full council for the final decision.
Earlier this year councillors had agreed to fund the new project, originally started under the Plaid Cymru administration, by borrowing £5million.
Cllr Ken James, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “This is fantastic news for Bargoed and the whole of the Caerphilly county borough. We don’t currently have a multiplex cinema within the county borough and, with a population of over 170,000, it is a much needed leisure facility for our residents.
“We now look forward to the report going before full council and I’m sure the whole community will also welcome this exciting news.
The council has decided to build the cinema itself on the Bargoed retail plateau site and lease it to a national cinema chain after advice from commercial property experts.
The cinema is the second phase of the development, with supermarket Morrisons due to open as part of phase one.
Work on the Morrisons development is due to start soon with planned completion in Autumn 2013.
Negotiations are currently underway and the name of the multi-national operator is due to be announced in the near future
Labour council leader Harry Andrews said: “These are very exciting time for Bargoed. Work on the Morrisons development is well underway with planned completion in Autumn 2013. The cinema and restaurant development is ‘Phase Two’ of the scheme and complements the wider regeneration work which is currently transforming the town centre.”Follow @CaerphillyObsvr