Residents have been fighting for over eleven years now to save the EMD Walthamstow Cinema from being turned into a church by the UCKG (United Church of the Kingdom of God). The McGuffin Film Society and the Waltham Forest Cinema Trust have led efforts to restore this building and provide an amazing cinematic and cultural resource in our area. This includes leading the successful campaign to prevent the church being granted planning permission for this purpose. Despite intervention twice now from the Government to support the case for this building to be used for entertainment, the church has as yet not put the building up for sale.
Waltham Forest Council will meet on Tuesday 15th July to decide whether or not to proceed with a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO). This would enable them acquire the EMD cinema from its current owners and so assist the Cinema Trust. Details of the council’s resolution to proceed with a CPO of the EMD can be found on the council’s website.
Please help us win the case for this to happen by emailing your councillors to let them know that you back the CPO. For details of who to email please visit the Save Walthamstow Cinema website. The deadline for comments to the council is Tuesday 1stJuly.