Priory not a cinema

IF we are not mistaken, the money was donated by Peter Rowley to be used for a cinema or/and swimming pool for the town (The Hunts Post, December 6) – then why is the town council thinking of spending the money to refurbish the Priory Centre? The town co

IF we are not mistaken, the money was donated by Peter Rowley to be used for a cinema or/and swimming pool for the town (The Hunts Post, December 6) - then why is the town council thinking of spending the money to refurbish the Priory Centre?

The town council has tried on more than one occasion to put a cinema in this venue without success. We did visit the venue when the cinema was there. It was definitely a one-off event and not to be repeated.

The reasons that we think that this has not been successful are that Huntingdon, Bedford and Peterborough all have purpose-built cinemas which are more comfortable and designed to be a cinema, and other cinemas have refreshment facilities.

The Priory Centre has many events during the year: dancing, bingo, shows, theatre, dog shows, carnival events - what is going to happen here? Do the shows get cancelled/moved or does the cinema operate only when they are not taking place. Does this mean the cinema will only be for the weekdays: most people attend the cinema at the weekend.

We agree the Priory Centre great hall needs updating to match the newly refurbished foyer. However, this should not be at the expense of a suitable and modern cinema.

Why not build the cinema or swimming pool where the old outdoor swimming pool used to be in Huntingdon Street? This would be the ideal position, with it being out of the town centre and next to the bowling alley. This land should be put to good use for the town and not sold off for housing, as all land seems to be nowadays.

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Huntingdon has gone from strength to strength with having many facilities, including a cinema, popular eating establishments and retail parks. Why does St Neots seem to miss out?

Mrs D BARNES, Harland Road, Mrs E WEAVER, St Anselm Place, St Neots

* MY feelings are that a cinema of whatever type can be afforded would be much the better option for St Neots than a swimming pool. It could be used by people of all ages all the year round. An open air pool would be usable for only three months of the year.

I was quite amused, when I first read of the £1million gift, that it would require four times as much for a cinema. Why is it that, when a generous gift is donated, people always say what they could do with a much larger sum? I'm sure the amount received would be adequate for some type of cinema.

E A CLARK-WARD, Longfellow Place, Eaton Ford

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