What's happening to the Streatham bingo hall?
As the owners announce no more bingo from January 28th, what's going to happen to the iconic Grade II-listed art deco former Streatham Hill theatre? Follow this thread for regular updates ...
We wrote to their CEO ...
Credit where credit's due - he came back within 24 hours with a full media statement
Here it is:
NEW VISION FOR STREATHAM HILL THEATRE ANNOUNCED
Interview opportunity with Nick Harding, CEO of Praesepe group, on his new vision for the old Streatham Hill Theatre following the press announcement below.
Interviews to take place at Streatham Hill Theatre with tour of the building also included. Please contact: Martha Phillips at Source Marketing Communications on 0113 3801644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESS INFORMATION: BEACON BINGO ANNOUNCES BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY AT ICONIC VENUE
Beacon Bingo has announced today an opportunity to work with businesses to replace Beacon Bingo at Streatham Hill Theatre. Beacon Bingo Streatham Hill, part of the Praesepe group of companies, has offered Bingo to its customers for over 50 years and was formerly known as Streatham Hill Theatre which opened in the 1920s. At one time in the 1960’s the venue was the largest Bingo Club in London. Prior to the club offering Bingo it operated for forty years as one of the largest theatres outside the West End and still has many of the original features from its Theatre days. Recently a ‘Open House’ night was held at the Club, VIP guests were given guided tours of the building and after the Bingo session a short play was performed for an audience of 200 people(written by Craig White, General Manager) which served to demonstrate the fantastic acoustics in the main auditorium.
Nick Harding, CEO of Praesepe said: “The outstanding contribution of all staff and management at this club for over 50 years has enabled us to provide a great service to the local community. Unfortunately, despite these efforts, the Bingo club has recently started to make a trading loss and we have to move on with other plans for the building”.
Nick continued: “ We have now decided to scale back our traditional Bingo offer in the Club but will continue to provide a form of electronic bingo in a smaller area behind the main foyer. Having surveyed other potential uses for the Theatre we are planning now to seek a commercial partner who would be interested in reopening the beautiful Cocktail bar at first floor, we will also reopen three floors of offices at the rear of the building and of course we would very much like to work with a theatre group who might be interested in reviving what is an historic theatre. I am personally determined to breathe life back into this magnificent building alongside all the other exciting building and residential projects currently taking place in Streatham and will be prepared to be as helpful as I possibly can to any organisation that wishes to talk to us”. ENDS
Permit parking coming to Streatham?
After Lambeth announced a borough-wide parking survey, we ran a poll ...
And it was neck and neck: 42% do, 33% don’t, and 20% want testing in target areas first.
But what were genuinely shocking were the verbatim comments ...
‘I know 3 people who have moved away from Streatham due to the public transport problems’
‘… on the verge of losing her job because of their disgraceful service’
And on parking:
‘My road is utterly snarled up and impossible to park on. One particularly memorable (and horrible) consequence was coming home from a&e at 3am with a newborn and having to park four roads away’
‘ … I can never park near my house and with three kids (5,3 and 6months) and three school runs a day …’
‘Parking is a nightmare and road rages are common on our road because of that’
‘We are getting a number of mini cabs being stored on our road for awhile now….among other parking issues….’
Crossrail 2 - the end of the line for Streatham?
It seems Crossrail 2 have now published their ‘Response to issues raised – Autumn 2015 Crossrail 2 Consultation’. And it doesn’t look good for Streatham.
Read the full report here (you need page 27 for comments on Streatham).
And it looks like a pretty firm 'no' ...
Every time we make this point we get completely ignored by pretty much all the politicians, national and local. On which basis, we can’t help feeling that they know it’s a busted flush, Streatham-wise.
Because if it isn’t – surely time for Chuka to get together with David Lammy (Head, Crossrail 2 Parliamentary Group), Michelle Dix (TfL Managing Director, Planning) and representatives from the London Assembly Transport Committee? Just to establish, once and for all, if there is a genuinely realistic chance of Crossrail 2 coming to Streatham? Because, have to say, it does look as though TfL have made up their minds and the answer, for now, looks like a pretty firm no …
We have considered Crossrail 2 serving Streatham and Croydon but found that this was not the best option for London and the South East as a whole …
… going via Streatham would put pressure back on to crowded lines, and that relief, where it offered some, would be on lines that are generally less congested …
… Crowding on the Northern line northbound between Clapham Common and Clapham North would increase significantly …
… A Streatham option would also massively increase existing costs due to: the additional tunnel length (an extra 6.4km at £40m/km = £250m); the cost of an additional station (up to £1 billion); up to five new shafts required between Wimbledon and Clapham Junction; and likely higher operating costs.
Our current route allows us to provide the greatest benefits to the greatest number of people. Streatham still stands to benefit from Crossrail 2, being just a short distance from either Balham or Tooting Broadway. Streatham will also benefit from planned improvements to National Rail services, and from planned rail devolution and ‘metroisation’ in South London.
AND SO – Crossrail Streatham and all that … aware of the various Crossrail controversies, we ran some content in April 2014. Two years ago now, Lord. You can read what we said here. (You’ll see it refers to our old ‘allabouthstreatham.co.uk forum’. Don’t bother trying to find that – had to abandon it. Just getting too much porn.) Anyway – as you’ll see, two years ago we put out a number of contacts for people to lobby. Including the Crossrail 2 parliamentary group (here). The London Assembly Transport Committee (here). TfL Managing Director, Planning, Michelle Dix (MicheleDix@tfl.gov.uk,020 7126 4513). Or Network Rail Group Strategy Director Paul Plummer (email@example.com).
So – y’know – maybe Chuka could organise a Crossrail Streatham meeting with Crossrail 2 Parliamentary Group Chair David Lammy? Or Vice Chair Andrew Adonis? Just a thought … because public meetings are all very well. But need to actually talk to the decision-makers, no?
Waitrose coming to Streatham?
It pops up on social media about once every six months.
And when it does, we publish their response here ...
Although you probably shouldn't hold your breath ...
Speculation’s been getting a bit bonkers lately, so we wrote to their Managing Director.
Are Waitrose coming to Streatham, or are they not?
Here’s what they said:
@ShoutStreatham We’re always looking to open more branches and hope to open near you soon but no plans at the moment.
So now we know.
The London Square Megabowl Development
Lambeth Council gave their final approval to the London Square Streatham Megabowl development in July 2015.
And yes ...
Marks and Spencer will definitely be coming.
With a cafe.
And a food hall.
The final planning application for the Streatham Megabowl development was approved at the Lambeth Council Planning Applications Committee on Tuesday July 7th 2015. So, after eight long years of an eyesore on the High Road, the build is going ahead: dates can slip, of course, but the provisional completion date (as advised by the developers last year) is 2017.
What was interesting though was the developers’ update on what they’re doing re. retail, with the site project manager stating that they are currently in talks with ‘two, possibly three’ retailers, including ‘a well-known retailer who does not yet have a presence in Streatham’.
Who we now know to be Marks and Spencer.
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And probably scour the High Road, the common, the Rookery and everybody's back garden, herself.
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