Northgate cinema and leisure complex

Somerset cinema and leisure development draws council investment

PLANS to build a cinema and leisure complex in Bridgwater have taken two steps forward this week.

Sedgemoor District Council, which owns the site and will be fully funding the scheme, wants Northgate to become a premier attraction for Bridgwater, complete with a seven-screen cinema, four restaurants, a gym and a car park with 111 spaces.

Last month the project was awarded £750,000 by the Government to create a cinema led leisure hub and improved open space on the site of the former Northgate Brewery but this week the project took two big steps forward.

At a meeting of Sedgemoor’s full council on Wednesday (October 7) elected members agreed to proceed to the construction phase of the project and invest up to £15m into scheme.

Since the scheme’s inception, members have been formally asked to agree to progress the project at a number of ‘break-points.

This includes decisions to commit funding and understanding the future liabilities and responsibilities over a long-term period are fully debated and agreed.

Secondly, it was confirmed that ALLSTARS Bowl Ltd have signed a lease for part of the scheme.

The bowling firm will have up to eight lanes of ten pin bowling, a Sports Bar with large-format TV screens for sports events, state-of-the-art video games as well as traditional games on the upper level of the second building proposed for the site.

A spokesperson for Sedgemoor District Council, said: “Consultations over the past years have always showed that residents are clamouring for a bowling alley and this will be a great addition to the town…

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