Stockport Cineworld to be demolished in April

Grand Central’s Cineworld will be knocked down in two months’ time to make way for the next phase of Stockport Exchange, but the majority of the site is likely to be used as a temporary car park until at least 2024.

The cinema, which opened in 1991 along with the rest of the Grand Central complex, is due to be demolished in the coming months following planning approval of the third phase of Stockport Council and Muse’s Stockport Exchange development.

The third phase includes 60,000 sq ft of office space over six storeys, and was granted planning permission by the council earlier this month.

Phase three only covers a small part of the Cineworld site, with the majority to be used under phase four of Stockport Exchange. This includes office space, and will be brought forward in 2024. Phase six, fronting the A6, will be developed first.

Following the cinema’s demolition, the council’s preferred option is to use the majority of the site as a temporary car park until phase four is brought forward in six years’ time.

The council said there was a shortfall of spaces in the south of the town, and is aiming to have an 80-space car park operational on the site by December 2018.

The entire site of the cinema will be tarmacked, and there is an option to expand the car park by a further 29 spaces once phase three of Stockport Exchange completes.

Stockport Council’s economy and regeneration scrutiny committee is expected to sign off the proposals when it meets on 1 March.

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To me this is sad but people will be able to park in places witch is good but where do we go to the cinama? I wish this wasn’t happening but like I said “There will be more places to park”
Now we can park at places

By Elizabeth

Oh great! Just what we don’t need – more office space. We need good quality shops to keep people in the town.

By Linda Hurst

Like many stockport residents, I would like to know why stockport council has allowed the highway construction company undertaking the Saint Mary’s Way roadworks to take over two years and have still not completed the job. It’s a shambles and some one should apologise to the people who have had to endure the disruption.

By Steve

I want to know when are we getting a new bus station

By Sheffield dutting

If stockport dident charge for parking more people are likely 2 spend time there

By Imelda king

Why is there still a 50mph on the M60 ringroad clockwise on the approach to jcn 9 onwards, another money making scam to fool the public? Absolutely disgusting.

By A.Curren

Perhaps an ice rink would be a great idea. Something to do for all the people of Stockport and surrounding areas. It would be near to transport links and give some much needed entertainment and activity to the dying town centre.

By Sharon giles

So the car park will be A to generate money and B if any one takes up the office space. Another red herring.

By Mike

What a waste of public money

By Robert

Why tarmac why not green space? Let us lead in planning for our future!!

By John Evans

What is the car park for ? There is nothing there.

By Anonymous

I would also like to know why the council have allowed the work to go on around st Mary’s way for over 2 years, closing roads and causing absolute chaos in all the surrounding areas to really just put footpaths in where nobody even walks. It’s a joke trying to get to work every morning sometimes taking an hour to do a 10 min journey for a job that’s been dragged out so it’s some sort of money racket, someone in the council/construction company is fiddling this!!!!

By Anonymous

Really sad. Not progress!

By Susan

More parking spaces :: who the hell designed the new car park at red rock let’s hope who ever did that one doesn’t do the next ,all the disabled parking at the side of the cinema not even being used and the size of the flaming whirly giggin ramp for big car ie: 4 by 4 s is just ridiculously small and the spaces to park in are like a matchbox car size . Just saying need to rethink car parking

By Ellen

It’s really not good advertising for a town that is just disappearing under the constant delay to all this “regeneration,” constant traffic chaos, diversions and when will St Mary’s Way be finally finished? It’s been dug up now 3 times now after thinking it was finished!

By Anonymous

How about demolishing the other eyesore namely Redrock yet another blot on the landscape by planners

By Barry

I don’t see anything here about revitalising public transport. Are we to get to 2024 with car parks you can see from space and still no Metrolink?

By Geoff Thomason

What about the A34 at Stanley Green. 2 years digging up 200m of road. Well done.

By Simon

Afraid Redrock still has a long future ahead of it, they only just finished it. At least the first phases of Stockport Exchange have kept with the ‘corporate and inoffensive’ aesthetic

By Local

Re the comment about disabled parking adjacent to Redrock – Shame on you! We stopped coming into Stockport Town Centre after they removed scores of disabled parking when they pedestrianised Prince’s Street and Sainsburys and Asda reduced the stay time so I’m glad they’ve added a place to park that easily accessible and not having to fight to find a place on Tivot Dale. You have a giant new NCP car park to use, maybe if you put yourself in the shoes of someone with mobility issues you wouldn’t submitted bigoted comments

By Aevis

Simon (February 24, 2018 at 11:02 pm) what are you going on about? Lib dem havent had a controlling majority for 4 years and for the last 2 years the largest party in the council has been labour.

By Simple Simon

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