Norwich Bingo Hall To Be Demolished
The news that bingo halls are being torn down and demolished seems to be coming thick and fast these days and there is another disappointing tale to come from Norwich. This is down to the fact that Norwich City Council have approved plans for the Mecca Bingo hall, in All Saints Green to be demolished. The council has been involved in a number of planning decisions of late with the renovation plans for the Westlegate Tower, an 11 story tower block, being approved as well.
As of yet, there has been no announcement about the demolition plans for the building or indeed what will become of the site. It is said that the site is supposed to worth around half a million and no doubt would be an attractive proposition for many businesses in the years to come. It is clear that it is no longer a viable option for a bingo company, even for a major name like Mecca but there should be room for some entity stepping in and making good work of such an attractive location.
Hall has a rich history
The hall has played a very strong part in the history of Norwich residents and this even dates back to the days prior to the club being a bingo hall. The club used to host gigs by major acts and even welcomed The Rolling Stones through its door in the 1960s. For this reason alone most folk would be interested in keeping the hall alive but for those who were lucky enough to witness The Stones in that era will at least be able to think back to a time when one of the biggest bands in the world graced the Norwich stage.
The City Council planning office released the following statement. “It will leave a significant gap in the street frontage once removed. There are no plans for the short or medium-term redevelopment of the site – due in part to the need to take the building down for structural reasons – and it would, therefore, be prudent to condition some form of temporary landscaping of the site or the hoarding off the site to prevent it becoming an eyesore or blank frontage within the conservation area.”
Bingo players have been sated by Mecca providing a free bus service to other bingo halls but the closure of the bingo hall has resulted in around 20 people losing their job.
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