Bournemouth's hated Imax to be pulled down

Bournemouth's hated Imax to be pulled down

Bournemouth's hated Imax to be pulled down

Bournemouth's hated Imax to be pulled down

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THE hated IMAX is coming down.

In a shock move, Bournemouth’s most controversial building has been purchased by the council in a £7.5m deal and the site will be redeveloped.

The decision to buy the Waterfront complex was ratified by a full meeting of councillors on Tuesday night who knew nothing of the plan in advance.

Contracts were exchanged with the pension fund owners, Nilgos, this morning.

The surprise development, which has been kept closely under wraps while the lengthy negotiations have been carried out, spells the beginning of the end for the Imax.

Leader of the Conservative-controlled council, Cllr Stephen MacLoughlin, told the Daily Echo: “We have listened to Bournemouth’s residents who want to see the seafront rid of the detested Imax building.”

He added: “We have given the existing occupiers enough time to deliver on this site and will not wait any longer.


THERE were years of false starts before a developer finally started building a tourist attraction on the site of Bournemouth’s former swimming baths at Pier Approach in 1998.

Although other businesses in the Waterfront building opened in the autumn of 1999, the IMAX itself was plagued by delays.

It finally opened in March 2002, two years and eight months late.

But visitor numbers were disappointing and in January 2003, the cinema shed jobs and closed four days a week out of season.

The IMAX closed for refurbishment in Easter 2005 and never re-opened.


“This is the first step in the process and there are still a number of hurdles to be overcome before we can bring back some sea views and start redevelopment of the site of an all weather attraction. This will not happen overnight but we know this will have widespread public support.”

Deputy leader John Beesley said: “Solving the Imax problem has been one of the biggest priorities since we came to power in May 2007.”

But he warned: “There is still plenty of work to do before we can achieve out ultimate aim of redevelopment.

“This is arguably the most important site in the heart of Bournemouth and is key to everything we want to do in the town centre.”

He said: “This is a prime seafront location and our aspirations extend simply beyond just getting rid of the eyesore. We want to development a new facility which can accommodate leisure, arts, culture and entertainment attractions for the public to enjoy whatever the weather.”

As much as residents and visitors will be delighted to see the back of the Imax, the decision to purchase the building – for which permission was granted by the council in 1997 – is bound to be hugely contentious at a time of a massive public spending squeeze in both central and local government.

The purchase has been funded through existing capital receipts and prudential borrowing.

Cllr Beesley pledged there would no material effect on frontline services, which are funded from a different pot of money, revenue spending.

He said the council had taken advantage of the recession to make this deal happen with the Waterfront being purchased for around half the £15m it would have cost two years ago, when the council first made enquires The council still needs to secure vacant possession from the remaining sub-tenants.

Businesses still operating include Harbour Lights, KFC and Coyote Ugly.

“I hope we can come to a satisfactory agreement with the remaining sub-lessees through negotiation, but compulsory purchase is also an option,” added Cllr Beesley.

The redevelopment, in whatever form, will be carried out with private money as part of the town centre master vision.

Cllr MacLoughlin said the future development of the site would enhance Bournemouth’s image and reputation as Britain’s premier resort.

• SEVEN pages charting the Imax story and this, the latest chapter, in Thursday’s (January 21) Daily Echo.

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12:17pm Wed 20 Jan 10

oversixty says...

Where is the money coming from to do this ?
There have been massive budget cuts across Council departments and Council leaders saying how little Goverment funding they get !
Is this to appease residents with next years elections coming up I ask ?
Where is the money coming from to do this ? There have been massive budget cuts across Council departments and Council leaders saying how little Goverment funding they get ! Is this to appease residents with next years elections coming up I ask ? oversixty
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12:19pm Wed 20 Jan 10

tricky1007 says...

just dont put any bars or anything that sells alcohol! make it family oriented, and something that people of bournemouth will like. the town has enough bloody bars and restaurants!
just dont put any bars or anything that sells alcohol! make it family oriented, and something that people of bournemouth will like. the town has enough bloody bars and restaurants! tricky1007
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12:25pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Marcus James says...

As much as the building has attracted its fair share of flak over the years I find it difficult to believe that the council has purchased this for £7.5m.
Has the Echo asked for the full deal price, i.e legal fees, stamp duty etc.

I think the sting in the tail may also be the cost of asking the tenants to surrender their premises for which they will charge the maximum, especially now they now the council has signed the deal, I would have imagined the deal would have been signed subject to vacant possession if this had been done by a diligent developer?
I don’t think its quite the Mega Deal the council think it is??

The biggest problem will be that if the new building is going to be funded by private monies, i.e a developer or new business then they will want to maximise the premises in terms of size and development!
That will mean another large sized building; if the new proposed design is too small then it simply won't have the capacity to make the development viable.

I don’t think the people of Bournemouth should be celebrating just yet, lets see what the final bill comes in at, Surf reef Rip off anyone???
As much as the building has attracted its fair share of flak over the years I find it difficult to believe that the council has purchased this for £7.5m. Has the Echo asked for the full deal price, i.e legal fees, stamp duty etc. I think the sting in the tail may also be the cost of asking the tenants to surrender their premises for which they will charge the maximum, especially now they now the council has signed the deal, I would have imagined the deal would have been signed subject to vacant possession if this had been done by a diligent developer? I don’t think its quite the Mega Deal the council think it is?? The biggest problem will be that if the new building is going to be funded by private monies, i.e a developer or new business then they will want to maximise the premises in terms of size and development! That will mean another large sized building; if the new proposed design is too small then it simply won't have the capacity to make the development viable. I don’t think the people of Bournemouth should be celebrating just yet, lets see what the final bill comes in at, Surf reef Rip off anyone??? Marcus James
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12:29pm Wed 20 Jan 10

deancourt1899 says...

yay!
yay! deancourt1899
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12:33pm Wed 20 Jan 10

djd says...

At least, the Council has listened to the electorate and are on the way to getting rid of this cabuncle on the backside of Bournemouth.
At least, the Council has listened to the electorate and are on the way to getting rid of this cabuncle on the backside of Bournemouth. djd
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12:34pm Wed 20 Jan 10

GB916 says...

I agree with Marcus james about whether this wiilbe another surf reef fiasco,but at least the imax white elephant is going,maybe this is the place for the ice rink the people of Bournemouth and surrounding areas have asked for,or will the imax be replaced by something no one wants,hmm surf reef/more bars anyone
I agree with Marcus james about whether this wiilbe another surf reef fiasco,but at least the imax white elephant is going,maybe this is the place for the ice rink the people of Bournemouth and surrounding areas have asked for,or will the imax be replaced by something no one wants,hmm surf reef/more bars anyone GB916
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12:35pm Wed 20 Jan 10

SFRA says...

At last something good has come from the Bournemouth Council in removing this eyesore from our shore. It now needs a follow up to ensure that something is put in its place for all to use, more so on a family basis. As Tricky above pointed out, leave out he bars and clubs, we do not want any more of them. Do not make it another Surf Reef Faux Par.
At last something good has come from the Bournemouth Council in removing this eyesore from our shore. It now needs a follow up to ensure that something is put in its place for all to use, more so on a family basis. As Tricky above pointed out, leave out he bars and clubs, we do not want any more of them. Do not make it another Surf Reef Faux Par. SFRA
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12:36pm Wed 20 Jan 10

jobsworthwatch says...

Sounds as if we could end up with another bus station/winter gardens type of site here!
Sounds as if we could end up with another bus station/winter gardens type of site here! jobsworthwatch
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12:36pm Wed 20 Jan 10

jboris says...

Cllr MacLoughlin, image and reputation?
Cllr MacLoughlin, image and reputation? jboris
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12:42pm Wed 20 Jan 10

gd58 says...

I wonder if history will repeat itself at this site? Once demolished will it be left to become a tatty car park as it was after the Pier Approach baths were demolished? Were we not promised a similar development at the Winter Gardens site which has become,yes you guessed it, a car park?!
I wonder if history will repeat itself at this site? Once demolished will it be left to become a tatty car park as it was after the Pier Approach baths were demolished? Were we not promised a similar development at the Winter Gardens site which has become,yes you guessed it, a car park?! gd58
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12:47pm Wed 20 Jan 10

TinyLegacy says...

£7.5M?! That could go to FAR better use.
£7.5M?! That could go to FAR better use. TinyLegacy
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12:50pm Wed 20 Jan 10

honcho says...

car park better and far more useful than an imax
car park better and far more useful than an imax honcho
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12:52pm Wed 20 Jan 10

jobsworthwatch says...

honcho wrote:
car park better and far more useful than an imax
Dont pull it down, turn it into a multi-storey carpark!
[quote][p][bold]honcho[/bold] wrote: car park better and far more useful than an imax[/p][/quote]Dont pull it down, turn it into a multi-storey carpark! jobsworthwatch
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12:53pm Wed 20 Jan 10

suab0871 says...

Why is everyone so bitter on here? This is what everyone has been asking for, for ages! Now the council try and do the right thing and get berated. Please can't someone actually be happy to receive this excellent news! Yes I agree, what comes next needs to be well managed to make sure it is not another IMAX but let's not moan before they have even decided what to do.
Why is everyone so bitter on here? This is what everyone has been asking for, for ages! Now the council try and do the right thing and get berated. Please can't someone actually be happy to receive this excellent news! Yes I agree, what comes next needs to be well managed to make sure it is not another IMAX but let's not moan before they have even decided what to do. suab0871
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12:57pm Wed 20 Jan 10

BmthNewshound says...

I doubt that many people will miss the Imax but at a time when the Council is planning major budget cuts spending £7.5m on The Imax raises yet more questions about the competence of Council leaders in managing the Boroughs finances.

The Councils record on major projects is appalling. The Winter Gardens project died a death and is now a car park, West Central is now in doubt so the chances are that'll we'll simply see another derelict site being used as a car park.

I think the Council should come clean and let us know what other secret talks underway. The former Roko sports centre cost us £6.9m following secret talks, the Imax will be costing us £7.5m thats more than £14m spent following "secret talks" - Good to see democracy is alive and kicking in Bournemouth
I doubt that many people will miss the Imax but at a time when the Council is planning major budget cuts spending £7.5m on The Imax raises yet more questions about the competence of Council leaders in managing the Boroughs finances. The Councils record on major projects is appalling. The Winter Gardens project died a death and is now a car park, West Central is now in doubt so the chances are that'll we'll simply see another derelict site being used as a car park. I think the Council should come clean and let us know what other secret talks underway. The former Roko sports centre cost us £6.9m following secret talks, the Imax will be costing us £7.5m thats more than £14m spent following "secret talks" - Good to see democracy is alive and kicking in Bournemouth BmthNewshound
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12:58pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Maggie69 says...

It's obscene for the Council to be spending all this money on a building at a time when they are cutting their services to the community down to the bone and sacking hundreds of their lowest paid staff.
It's obscene for the Council to be spending all this money on a building at a time when they are cutting their services to the community down to the bone and sacking hundreds of their lowest paid staff. Maggie69
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1:02pm Wed 20 Jan 10

jobsworthwatch says...

oversixty wrote:
Where is the money coming from to do this ? There have been massive budget cuts across Council departments and Council leaders saying how little Goverment funding they get ! Is this to appease residents with next years elections coming up I ask ?
Pulling it down wont cost anything because the whole population of Bournemouth will be down there pulling it down with their bare hands!
I wonder if the jobswworths that will approve its removal are the same ones that approved its construction in the first place?
[quote][p][bold]oversixty[/bold] wrote: Where is the money coming from to do this ? There have been massive budget cuts across Council departments and Council leaders saying how little Goverment funding they get ! Is this to appease residents with next years elections coming up I ask ?[/p][/quote]Pulling it down wont cost anything because the whole population of Bournemouth will be down there pulling it down with their bare hands! I wonder if the jobswworths that will approve its removal are the same ones that approved its construction in the first place? jobsworthwatch
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1:03pm Wed 20 Jan 10

The irate commuter says...

& still people moan !!
& still people moan !! The irate commuter
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1:06pm Wed 20 Jan 10

stephen magill says...

perhaps a statue of mr macloughlin on his lap top looking out to sea while bournemouth deteriates under his rule a fitting monument for him .
perhaps a statue of mr macloughlin on his lap top looking out to sea while bournemouth deteriates under his rule a fitting monument for him . stephen magill
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1:08pm Wed 20 Jan 10

rudderz says...

I'd like to see a surf reef simulator installed in this location.
I'd like to see a surf reef simulator installed in this location. rudderz
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1:10pm Wed 20 Jan 10

ben111 says...

Glass fronted ice rink
Glass fronted ice rink ben111
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1:13pm Wed 20 Jan 10

ben111 says...

swiming pool
swiming pool ben111
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1:14pm Wed 20 Jan 10

ben111 says...

surf pods
surf pods ben111
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1:16pm Wed 20 Jan 10

ben111 says...

A big pile of ice cream we can all slide down and eat at the same time
A big pile of ice cream we can all slide down and eat at the same time ben111
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1:17pm Wed 20 Jan 10

frarog says...

Excellent news - but don't build anything else; lets have a decent view back again.
Excellent news - but don't build anything else; lets have a decent view back again. frarog
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1:20pm Wed 20 Jan 10

claireyfairy1 says...

I really can't believe that after all this time, they choose NOW to pull down the Imax. As we move into a new era of movie making, as the Imax becomes more relevant to movie goers, Bournemouth chooses now to get rid of a building that arguably should have gone years ago.

Instead of wasting money redeveloping it, the Imax should be reopened. Avatar has changed the way movies are made, presented and enjoyed. I went with six of my friends all the way to London to the Imax in order to view Avatar and probably will do the same to see Alice in Wonderland. The quality of cinemas in Bournemouth is unbelievably poor. The Odeon and ABC are not only uncomfortable, but disgusting, with poor facilities and a lot of dirt. A reopened Imax would be well received at this juncture, create healthy competition between the cinemas and provide us with the opportunity to see the wealth of upcoming movies that are intended to be viewed in an Imax. The people that don't understand that just haven't been following the movie industry in the last year.

Imax share prices are increasing because of Avatar and the changing attitudes towards 3D. Now that movies have finally developed this technology to be something outstanding, it is a travesty that Bournemouth is not campaigning to retain this Imax and have it reopened.
I really can't believe that after all this time, they choose NOW to pull down the Imax. As we move into a new era of movie making, as the Imax becomes more relevant to movie goers, Bournemouth chooses now to get rid of a building that arguably should have gone years ago. Instead of wasting money redeveloping it, the Imax should be reopened. Avatar has changed the way movies are made, presented and enjoyed. I went with six of my friends all the way to London to the Imax in order to view Avatar and probably will do the same to see Alice in Wonderland. The quality of cinemas in Bournemouth is unbelievably poor. The Odeon and ABC are not only uncomfortable, but disgusting, with poor facilities and a lot of dirt. A reopened Imax would be well received at this juncture, create healthy competition between the cinemas and provide us with the opportunity to see the wealth of upcoming movies that are intended to be viewed in an Imax. The people that don't understand that just haven't been following the movie industry in the last year. Imax share prices are increasing because of Avatar and the changing attitudes towards 3D. Now that movies have finally developed this technology to be something outstanding, it is a travesty that Bournemouth is not campaigning to retain this Imax and have it reopened. claireyfairy1
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1:20pm Wed 20 Jan 10

ben111 says...

elevated viewing areas with a coffee chop and eateries , artist representations coming soon
elevated viewing areas with a coffee chop and eateries , artist representations coming soon ben111
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1:21pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Glashen says...

This is what has been demanded by many since the Building was erected, however whilst I recognize that this is capital spending and does not come out of the services budget, the council have previously claimed not to have capital funds for instance for the Hengistbury Head Centre and the Ice Rink. Further I note the money as come partly from borrowing, the interest for which will come out of the council tax payers pocket unless the council are able to recoup it from some future use of the site. So we're virtually back at square one. I hope this will prove to be a farsighted decision, I feel it is certainly a courageous one.
This is what has been demanded by many since the Building was erected, however whilst I recognize that this is capital spending and does not come out of the services budget, the council have previously claimed not to have capital funds for instance for the Hengistbury Head Centre and the Ice Rink. Further I note the money as come partly from borrowing, the interest for which will come out of the council tax payers pocket unless the council are able to recoup it from some future use of the site. So we're virtually back at square one. I hope this will prove to be a farsighted decision, I feel it is certainly a courageous one. Glashen
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1:22pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Vincent Lauderdale says...

Hooray for the IMAX coming down and hopefully staying down (I'll beleive it when I see it). The council should ensure that another eyesore isn't slapped right in the way of a beautiful view over the sea and Old Harry Rocks. A rubbish building is not a good advert for the town but a nice view is.
Hooray for the IMAX coming down and hopefully staying down (I'll beleive it when I see it). The council should ensure that another eyesore isn't slapped right in the way of a beautiful view over the sea and Old Harry Rocks. A rubbish building is not a good advert for the town but a nice view is. Vincent Lauderdale
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1:32pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Goffee says...

I'll miss the wacky warehouse - my kids love it and it is one of the only child-friendly indoor places in the town. Hopefully a replacement can be found.
I'll miss the wacky warehouse - my kids love it and it is one of the only child-friendly indoor places in the town. Hopefully a replacement can be found. Goffee
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1:47pm Wed 20 Jan 10

cooperman says...

'ICE RINK' ??? not that old has-been request. Bournemouth does not need an ice rink and if it was viable private enterprise would have built one. we need something very much more enterprising than than 'the Imax On Ice'
no way I am backing that one and ultimately it is me that pays for it in my taxation
'ICE RINK' ??? not that old has-been request. Bournemouth does not need an ice rink and if it was viable private enterprise would have built one. we need something very much more enterprising than than 'the Imax On Ice' no way I am backing that one and ultimately it is me that pays for it in my taxation cooperman
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1:49pm Wed 20 Jan 10

born2bongo says...

I'm amazed Clairyfairy thinks the right place for a cinema is right in the middle of a world class beauty spot. Why on earth would anyone want to use a revived IMAX when you can park at Tower Park for free?

As to the news, I'm not complaining about it coming down, but I am worried about what goes up in its place.

When you have a view like Bournemouth Bay, less is more
I'm amazed Clairyfairy thinks the right place for a cinema is right in the middle of a world class beauty spot. Why on earth would anyone want to use a revived IMAX when you can park at Tower Park for free? As to the news, I'm not complaining about it coming down, but I am worried about what goes up in its place. When you have a view like Bournemouth Bay, less is more born2bongo
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1:51pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Percy Tatlock says...

Whatever replaces it has to be an activity leisure facility, maybe go back to or partly the purpose it once served before it became the Imax.
Yes times, people and their values change but it's essential that we keep a little heritage.
I've chatted to a few people who remember what it was before who have fond memories spent there.
The potential is here to create a facility that serves and benefits the people of Bournemouth in an ideal location.
Whatever replaces it has to be an activity leisure facility, maybe go back to or partly the purpose it once served before it became the Imax. Yes times, people and their values change but it's essential that we keep a little heritage. I've chatted to a few people who remember what it was before who have fond memories spent there. The potential is here to create a facility that serves and benefits the people of Bournemouth in an ideal location. Percy Tatlock
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1:52pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Account Suspended says...

Whilst I'm elated that the council is pulling this thing down, surely that £7.5m would have been better spent in repurchasing Dean Court for the community, and building an Ice Rink and fourth stand at the open end?
Whilst I'm elated that the council is pulling this thing down, surely that £7.5m would have been better spent in repurchasing Dean Court for the community, and building an Ice Rink and fourth stand at the open end? Account Suspended
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1:56pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Hickery says...

I completely agree with "Claireyfairy1." I was only saying to friends at the weekend, after watching Avatar in the uncomfortable ABC cinema, that it's time the IMAX re-opened and tried again. 2010+ is the beginning of a new era in 3D & IMAX films and I'd love to be able to see one near home instead of having to travel to London.
A few years ago I'd have been on the 'knock it down' bandwagon, but times are changing and I fear the council have got their timing wrong on this decision.
I completely agree with "Claireyfairy1." I was only saying to friends at the weekend, after watching Avatar in the uncomfortable ABC cinema, that it's time the IMAX re-opened and tried again. 2010+ is the beginning of a new era in 3D & IMAX films and I'd love to be able to see one near home instead of having to travel to London. A few years ago I'd have been on the 'knock it down' bandwagon, but times are changing and I fear the council have got their timing wrong on this decision. Hickery
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2:03pm Wed 20 Jan 10

claireyfairy1 says...

@born2bongo

The building is already there. I see no point in wasting resources to pull it down. It should never have been built there in the first place, but that is a different discussion.

As for Tower Park - you're just showing ignorance at the difference between an Imax experience and an experience in a regular cinema. They are vastly different and movies made for Imax resolution (as is becoming more popular) have their picture cut for a regular cinema meaning you lose about 30-40% of the picture on the screen. Added to this the sheer size of an Imax screen and the sound/image quality and you have the reason why people go to an Imax...and why some people would like to see it reopened in Bournemouth.
@born2bongo The building is already there. I see no point in wasting resources to pull it down. It should never have been built there in the first place, but that is a different discussion. As for Tower Park - you're just showing ignorance at the difference between an Imax experience and an experience in a regular cinema. They are vastly different and movies made for Imax resolution (as is becoming more popular) have their picture cut for a regular cinema meaning you lose about 30-40% of the picture on the screen. Added to this the sheer size of an Imax screen and the sound/image quality and you have the reason why people go to an Imax...and why some people would like to see it reopened in Bournemouth. claireyfairy1
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2:04pm Wed 20 Jan 10

jobsworthwatch says...

Goffee wrote:
I'll miss the wacky warehouse - my kids love it and it is one of the only child-friendly indoor places in the town. Hopefully a replacement can be found.
...miss the wacky wharehouse... Hopefully a replacement can be found. How about the town hall!
[quote][p][bold]Goffee[/bold] wrote: I'll miss the wacky warehouse - my kids love it and it is one of the only child-friendly indoor places in the town. Hopefully a replacement can be found.[/p][/quote]...miss the wacky wharehouse... Hopefully a replacement can be found. How about the town hall! jobsworthwatch
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2:05pm Wed 20 Jan 10

LifeonMars says...

Lets have a Swimming Pool and Ice Rink on the site and call it Pier Approach.
Lets have a Swimming Pool and Ice Rink on the site and call it Pier Approach. LifeonMars
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2:07pm Wed 20 Jan 10

djd says...

The IMAX has not been open for years, why should it re-open now, just because films have changed.
Support the cinemas that are in the town and nearby now and they will improve the facilities to show films for the future.
Why anyone would want to ist cooped up watching a film so close to that wondeful natural view is beyond me.
Open up the area so the view may be enjoyed by all. If not, give us something useful for everyone, not just a few.
The IMAX has not been open for years, why should it re-open now, just because films have changed. Support the cinemas that are in the town and nearby now and they will improve the facilities to show films for the future. Why anyone would want to ist cooped up watching a film so close to that wondeful natural view is beyond me. Open up the area so the view may be enjoyed by all. If not, give us something useful for everyone, not just a few. djd
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2:13pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Xchurch-man says...

Perhaps they will use the space to build several hundred surf pods?
Perhaps they will use the space to build several hundred surf pods? Xchurch-man
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2:18pm Wed 20 Jan 10

teeheehee says...

Xchurch-man wrote:
Perhaps they will use the space to build several hundred surf pods?
**** you beat me to it:):):)
Or maybe turn it into a massive cannabis factory at least that way we will see some revenue from the site
[quote][p][bold]Xchurch-man[/bold] wrote: Perhaps they will use the space to build several hundred surf pods?[/p][/quote]**** you beat me to it:):):) Or maybe turn it into a massive cannabis factory at least that way we will see some revenue from the site teeheehee
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2:24pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Adrian XX says...

I agree with the comment about no bars or clubs. Good quality restaurants should be permitted, but no fast food.
I agree with the comment about no bars or clubs. Good quality restaurants should be permitted, but no fast food. Adrian XX
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2:24pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Xchurch-man says...

A swift "funny hand shake" will probably see it sold off to a property developer for less than the rate payers shelled out for it. This building being in Council ownership will be a certain recipe for a new disaster for Bournemouth.
A swift "funny hand shake" will probably see it sold off to a property developer for less than the rate payers shelled out for it. This building being in Council ownership will be a certain recipe for a new disaster for Bournemouth. Xchurch-man
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2:31pm Wed 20 Jan 10

fartycat says...

I'm highly suspicous of where this money is coming from. How many council employees will have to lose their jobs in the savage cuts to come if we are to afford £7.5m to purchase this building back?

And is it environmentally sound to just pull it down and build something else? Wouldn't it make more sense to find a use for it and lease it out?

I make Newshound right. This council has an awful record on projects (just where is our arts centre promised when the loved Winter Gardens was pulled down?). So I won't be holding my breath over what is to be put there. No doubt it will be another concrete and glass structure with little design merit.

suab08 asks why everyone is reacting so stringly to this news. Well maybe it's because we have a council whose leader looks at **** and whose cabinet frequently fails to deliver what it promises?
I'm highly suspicous of where this money is coming from. How many council employees will have to lose their jobs in the savage cuts to come if we are to afford £7.5m to purchase this building back? And is it environmentally sound to just pull it down and build something else? Wouldn't it make more sense to find a use for it and lease it out? I make Newshound right. This council has an awful record on projects (just where is our arts centre promised when the loved Winter Gardens was pulled down?). So I won't be holding my breath over what is to be put there. No doubt it will be another concrete and glass structure with little design merit. suab08 asks why everyone is reacting so stringly to this news. Well maybe it's because we have a council whose leader looks at **** and whose cabinet frequently fails to deliver what it promises? fartycat
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2:45pm Wed 20 Jan 10

wintonbusinessman says...

Sell the winter gardens site with planning permission for private development, this would raise aq number of millions, then reinvest in a centre parks type water plaza for visitors and residents. Turn the town into a all year weater proof resort, letting the hotels make money all year round, towns economy will turn round.
Sell the winter gardens site with planning permission for private development, this would raise aq number of millions, then reinvest in a centre parks type water plaza for visitors and residents. Turn the town into a all year weater proof resort, letting the hotels make money all year round, towns economy will turn round. wintonbusinessman
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2:49pm Wed 20 Jan 10

alumchineboy2 says...

How about something for residents there ? - yes, the people whohave paid for it.

I'd imagine that there will be some sort of kiss me quick food outlet for all the chav's and northerners to get excited about .

My point is that at least when the baths were there then they could be used by the people of Bournemouth. A lot of people will be upset if its just another tourist attraction for out of town stag and hen groups.

Saying all this, I am happy its going to change but lets get something of quality not something thats going to be tatty within a short while.
How about something for residents there ? - yes, the people whohave paid for it. I'd imagine that there will be some sort of kiss me quick food outlet for all the chav's and northerners to get excited about . My point is that at least when the baths were there then they could be used by the people of Bournemouth. A lot of people will be upset if its just another tourist attraction for out of town stag and hen groups. Saying all this, I am happy its going to change but lets get something of quality not something thats going to be tatty within a short while. alumchineboy2
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2:53pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Neo-sapian says...

Revive the IMAX just because one visually stunning film has been released!?! Get a grip people, mainstream 3D films that warrant an IMAX cinema and can pull in the revenue would take years before a decent return on investment. 3D is in it's infancy and hasn't even proved itself viable for mainstream movies yet.
You lot really do suffer from the 'magpie effect' (oohhh, pretty shiney thing, I want).
Revive the IMAX just because one visually stunning film has been released!?! Get a grip people, mainstream 3D films that warrant an IMAX cinema and can pull in the revenue would take years before a decent return on investment. 3D is in it's infancy and hasn't even proved itself viable for mainstream movies yet. You lot really do suffer from the 'magpie effect' (oohhh, pretty shiney thing, I want). Neo-sapian
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3:11pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Gastines says...

Amazin how close this announcement has come to the one that pointed out the finance was not available from private sources for the old bus station developement. Perhaps we shall see the same developers names re-appearing?The main problem about the customer base for the site has always been parking.
Amazin how close this announcement has come to the one that pointed out the finance was not available from private sources for the old bus station developement. Perhaps we shall see the same developers names re-appearing?The main problem about the customer base for the site has always been parking. Gastines
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3:24pm Wed 20 Jan 10

HughJarse says...

It's not even April 1st - Bmth Council can't even get that right. Is it being completely pulled down, or 'pulled down' to a lower height?
It's not even April 1st - Bmth Council can't even get that right. Is it being completely pulled down, or 'pulled down' to a lower height? HughJarse
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3:26pm Wed 20 Jan 10

boardstiff says...

Cllr Stephen MacLoughlin: “We have listened to Bournemouth’s residents who want to see the seafront rid of the detested Imax building.”

Let's hope, then, that it's the Bournemouth residents who have the say in what replaces it.

(Security word: mass-when)
Cllr Stephen MacLoughlin: “We have listened to Bournemouth’s residents who want to see the seafront rid of the detested Imax building.” Let's hope, then, that it's the Bournemouth residents who have the say in what replaces it. (Security word: mass-when) boardstiff
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3:26pm Wed 20 Jan 10

bournemouth lover says...

What wonderful news. I cannot believe that the monstrous Imax is finally coming down. Whatever is replacing it please make it FAMILY orientated and more of an open aspect so everyone can enjoy the view.
What wonderful news. I cannot believe that the monstrous Imax is finally coming down. Whatever is replacing it please make it FAMILY orientated and more of an open aspect so everyone can enjoy the view. bournemouth lover
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3:32pm Wed 20 Jan 10

tt52 says...

GREAT NEWS, lets hope that what ever the council decide to do with the site they consult with the people who live here first instead of coming up with another of their dumd ideas, now all we need is for the surf reef to be blown up.
GREAT NEWS, lets hope that what ever the council decide to do with the site they consult with the people who live here first instead of coming up with another of their dumd ideas, now all we need is for the surf reef to be blown up. tt52
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3:39pm Wed 20 Jan 10

LuckyStar says...

Whilst this is in a step in the right direction, there seem to be a few points to consider:
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(1) From what I hear it is the head lease that the council has purchased, and not the freehold (hence why Beesley refers to the current occupiers as sub-lessees). This means that any change of use or redevelopment of any kind would need the permission of the head leaseholder (whoever that may be - echo confirm?), and would mean that the council only hold the right to receive income from the building, which would be for a determinate amount of time.
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(2) The 'compulsory purchase' options available will mean that vast sums of compensation will need to paid to the existing sub-lessees, and could include loss of revenue and relocation costs along with the market value of the lease ebing acquired; a considerable amount owing to the footfall and location - it would be prudent for the Echo to ask the objective advice of a chartered surveyor specialisng in compulsory purchase and compensation.
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(3) Beesley has indicated that any development will be carried out with via private funding, which will mean a PFI PPP initiative. Such initiatives have been used for infrastructure suh as the NHS and public schools, and has been widely criticised as the majority of control lies with the financier, and means that the public body (in this case BC) are tied into a contract typically lasting 25 years. If BC had been in this situation from the start, it would have meant taxpayers paying for an unused facility until the contract expires.
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This leads me to mirror what someone else has said on here - that there would be no way that the building would be reduced in massing, as this would reduce internal areas and serve no business purpose for either the council, developer or potential occupiers.
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(4) I would query the reasoning behind such a swift decision to use such a mssive amount of public funds without proper public consultation and scrutiny that seems almost knee-jerk to counter recent bad publicity that the council has received from many areas of its operation. I believe that this move may be used purely to paper over the cracks and appear to be 'public champions' to help get them through the next local elections, when only then will the true costs and implications be revealed.
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So whilst I agree that Imax situation has been a thorn in the side of the council and Bournemouth as a whole for many years (why planning permission was every granted in the first place remains a mystery to me); far more details on the proposed scheme and cost implications (above and beyond the alleged £7.5m head lease purchase price) need to be presented by the council before their fanfare of trumpets can be acknowledged.
Whilst this is in a step in the right direction, there seem to be a few points to consider: > (1) From what I hear it is the head lease that the council has purchased, and not the freehold (hence why Beesley refers to the current occupiers as sub-lessees). This means that any change of use or redevelopment of any kind would need the permission of the head leaseholder (whoever that may be - echo confirm?), and would mean that the council only hold the right to receive income from the building, which would be for a determinate amount of time. > (2) The 'compulsory purchase' options available will mean that vast sums of compensation will need to paid to the existing sub-lessees, and could include loss of revenue and relocation costs along with the market value of the lease ebing acquired; a considerable amount owing to the footfall and location - it would be prudent for the Echo to ask the objective advice of a chartered surveyor specialisng in compulsory purchase and compensation. > (3) Beesley has indicated that any development will be carried out with via private funding, which will mean a PFI PPP initiative. Such initiatives have been used for infrastructure suh as the NHS and public schools, and has been widely criticised as the majority of control lies with the financier, and means that the public body (in this case BC) are tied into a contract typically lasting 25 years. If BC had been in this situation from the start, it would have meant taxpayers paying for an unused facility until the contract expires. > This leads me to mirror what someone else has said on here - that there would be no way that the building would be reduced in massing, as this would reduce internal areas and serve no business purpose for either the council, developer or potential occupiers. > (4) I would query the reasoning behind such a swift decision to use such a mssive amount of public funds without proper public consultation and scrutiny that seems almost knee-jerk to counter recent bad publicity that the council has received from many areas of its operation. I believe that this move may be used purely to paper over the cracks and appear to be 'public champions' to help get them through the next local elections, when only then will the true costs and implications be revealed. > So whilst I agree that Imax situation has been a thorn in the side of the council and Bournemouth as a whole for many years (why planning permission was every granted in the first place remains a mystery to me); far more details on the proposed scheme and cost implications (above and beyond the alleged £7.5m head lease purchase price) need to be presented by the council before their fanfare of trumpets can be acknowledged. LuckyStar
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3:41pm Wed 20 Jan 10

LuckyStar says...

(1) edit: permission of the freeholder
(1) edit: permission of the freeholder LuckyStar
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3:43pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Mediclogan5 says...

YAY!!! I want to book my deck chair for front row and centre when the wrecking ball arrives....will there be a Fly By and a Marching Band? Maybe the Echo can run a competition for the lucky winner to 'Push The Button'...something along the lines of name the Dumbest thing this council has ever done....like run the Town Hall for starters
YAY!!! I want to book my deck chair for front row and centre when the wrecking ball arrives....will there be a Fly By and a Marching Band? Maybe the Echo can run a competition for the lucky winner to 'Push The Button'...something along the lines of name the Dumbest thing this council has ever done....like run the Town Hall for starters Mediclogan5
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3:43pm Wed 20 Jan 10

crane says...

frarog wrote:
Excellent news - but don't build anything else; lets have a decent view back again.
I agree with frafrog...."what is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare"....at the wonderful views that are the best feature of Bournemouth.
[quote][p][bold]frarog[/bold] wrote: Excellent news - but don't build anything else; lets have a decent view back again.[/p][/quote]I agree with frafrog...."what is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare"....at the wonderful views that are the best feature of Bournemouth. crane
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3:52pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Bob49 says...

Was not the freehold handed over to someone for 99 years (or more ?).

How coincidental that this announcement has been made at the same night that " Mr Weight was due to address a full council meeting at the Town Hall on Tuesday,January 19. " regarding the 'tweaking' of the surf reef.

How long before it is revealed that the proposed new development includes a 'few' flats ?

If it does finally get permission await the all too predictable handwringing ( and brown envelope swapping) when it's found that the developent is higher than first agreed.
Was not the freehold handed over to someone for 99 years (or more ?). How coincidental that this announcement has been made at the same night that " Mr Weight was due to address a full council meeting at the Town Hall on Tuesday,January 19. " regarding the 'tweaking' of the surf reef. How long before it is revealed that the proposed new development includes a 'few' flats ? If it does finally get permission await the all too predictable handwringing ( and brown envelope swapping) when it's found that the developent is higher than first agreed. Bob49
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4:19pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Syd Poumen says...

You just sit there enjoying yourself with your computer, Cllr Mac and rest assured that the Echo will remove any Beesley remarks.
Here comes their chopper to chop off my block!
Security word 'rich-poor' ....once again, rich dash poor!
You just sit there enjoying yourself with your computer, Cllr Mac and rest assured that the Echo will remove any Beesley remarks. Here comes their chopper to chop off my block! Security word 'rich-poor' ....once again, rich dash poor! Syd Poumen
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4:35pm Wed 20 Jan 10

spikejrt says...

God the people of Bournemouth are a joke, for years we've all moaned it's a horrid building that has blocked a classic view of the bay as you come down Bath Hill, and now something is being done about it your up in arms.

Is there any pleasing some people?!
God the people of Bournemouth are a joke, for years we've all moaned it's a horrid building that has blocked a classic view of the bay as you come down Bath Hill, and now something is being done about it your up in arms. Is there any pleasing some people?! spikejrt
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4:44pm Wed 20 Jan 10

merrycherry says...

At least visitors will get a real good view of the wind farm in the bay....
At least visitors will get a real good view of the wind farm in the bay.... merrycherry
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4:44pm Wed 20 Jan 10

merrycherry says...

At least visitors will get a real good view of the wind farm in the bay....
At least visitors will get a real good view of the wind farm in the bay.... merrycherry
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4:49pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Hooky says...

..er... I don't remember there being an actual vote on this at all! Sure a lot of people moaned about it - but a lot of people didn't moan about it. I have enjoyed great times in the restaurant there, good times in the club downstairs, enjoyed summer and winter evenings in the pub and terrace with friends and family - now they want to take that away from visitors to bournemouth? What they should do is sort out a tenant for the un-occupied space and generate some revenue and jobs for the town this summer.. Our summer visitors want something to do this year - not look at a demolition/building site
..er... I don't remember there being an actual vote on this at all! Sure a lot of people moaned about it - but a lot of people didn't moan about it. I have enjoyed great times in the restaurant there, good times in the club downstairs, enjoyed summer and winter evenings in the pub and terrace with friends and family - now they want to take that away from visitors to bournemouth? What they should do is sort out a tenant for the un-occupied space and generate some revenue and jobs for the town this summer.. Our summer visitors want something to do this year - not look at a demolition/building site Hooky
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4:58pm Wed 20 Jan 10

boardstiff says...

tt52 wrote:
GREAT NEWS, lets hope that what ever the council decide to do with the site they consult with the people who live here first instead of coming up with another of their dumd ideas, now all we need is for the surf reef to be blown up.
Why do you want the surf reef to be blown up?
[quote][p][bold]tt52[/bold] wrote: GREAT NEWS, lets hope that what ever the council decide to do with the site they consult with the people who live here first instead of coming up with another of their dumd ideas, now all we need is for the surf reef to be blown up.[/p][/quote]Why do you want the surf reef to be blown up? boardstiff
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4:59pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Lord Spring says...

Many times I have make the statement there never was a view until the middle 70s and there was still the Baths to contend with.
Many times I have make the statement there never was a view until the middle 70s and there was still the Baths to contend with. Lord Spring
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5:04pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Aviewoneverything says...

If the council are to make a good go of this they need to consult with major leisure and entertainment providers across the uk to ensure they provide an indoor leisure/entertainmen
t attraction(s) that are unique to Bournemouth. I have always said a smaller version of Disney's 'Disney Quest' indoor attraction found in Orlando would be ideal and provide an attraction for both adults and children that can be used in all weathers. I don;t know what the council do with it but for once I would like to say well done and wish them well for their future plans with this site....but don't bugger it up!
If the council are to make a good go of this they need to consult with major leisure and entertainment providers across the uk to ensure they provide an indoor leisure/entertainmen t attraction(s) that are unique to Bournemouth. I have always said a smaller version of Disney's 'Disney Quest' indoor attraction found in Orlando would be ideal and provide an attraction for both adults and children that can be used in all weathers. I don;t know what the council do with it but for once I would like to say well done and wish them well for their future plans with this site....but don't bugger it up! Aviewoneverything
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5:15pm Wed 20 Jan 10

casperella says...

It's done! Let's have a party and create some good fund raising for local charities. Out of bad comes good! There's enough doom and gloom at the moment so let's turn this around into something spectacular to be proud of for once.
It's done! Let's have a party and create some good fund raising for local charities. Out of bad comes good! There's enough doom and gloom at the moment so let's turn this around into something spectacular to be proud of for once. casperella
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5:15pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Sal2 says...

FANTASTIC NEWS!

We had a great view before the Imax was built, all I want is the sea viewsto come back. If the council will allow for another leisure complex to be built, then please do not block the view we use to have!!!
FANTASTIC NEWS! We had a great view before the Imax was built, all I want is the sea viewsto come back. If the council will allow for another leisure complex to be built, then please do not block the view we use to have!!! Sal2
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5:16pm Wed 20 Jan 10

oscardoombug says...

I for one am glad this awful building is coming down HOO BLOODY RAY. I just dearly hope the council have the sense to ask the people of bournemouth what they would like to see in its place. I dont want to see bars, clubs or a car park i think an extention of the gardens with art gallery and a resturant would be nice..and on one level so the view is not again disrupted. Just my point of view.
I for one am glad this awful building is coming down HOO BLOODY RAY. I just dearly hope the council have the sense to ask the people of bournemouth what they would like to see in its place. I dont want to see bars, clubs or a car park i think an extention of the gardens with art gallery and a resturant would be nice..and on one level so the view is not again disrupted. Just my point of view. oscardoombug
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5:17pm Wed 20 Jan 10

charley farley west parley says...

We've got this site that we don't know what to do with, add to nthat the Winter Gardens site, the old bus depot site in Exeter Rd. There are old hotel sites sitting empty between the BIC and Priory Rd. On top of that we are selling off the town centre car parks that will need to be redeveloped. Somebody needs to join the dots up and come up with a cohesive plan to take Bournemouth into the future.
Meanwhile, another Honeycombe Chine flats development at Pier Approach anyone ?
We've got this site that we don't know what to do with, add to nthat the Winter Gardens site, the old bus depot site in Exeter Rd. There are old hotel sites sitting empty between the BIC and Priory Rd. On top of that we are selling off the town centre car parks that will need to be redeveloped. Somebody needs to join the dots up and come up with a cohesive plan to take Bournemouth into the future. Meanwhile, another Honeycombe Chine flats development at Pier Approach anyone ? charley farley west parley
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5:24pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Willcoxbelle says...

That the Imax is to be pulled down is the best news I've heard in years. That aweful eyesore should never ever have been built. It took away the most beautiful view of Bournemouth seen from the top of the hill and If ever there was a white elephant in Bournemouth it most certainly was that. I would love to be the first one to hit it with the hammer and start off the demolition. Maybe there could be a competition for who should be the first to hit it!!.
That the Imax is to be pulled down is the best news I've heard in years. That aweful eyesore should never ever have been built. It took away the most beautiful view of Bournemouth seen from the top of the hill and If ever there was a white elephant in Bournemouth it most certainly was that. I would love to be the first one to hit it with the hammer and start off the demolition. Maybe there could be a competition for who should be the first to hit it!!. Willcoxbelle
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5:30pm Wed 20 Jan 10

ekimnoslen says...

Great! £7.5 well spent but lets hope that the site is not allocated to vendors of booze and fast food. What about some REAL resort facilities.
Great! £7.5 well spent but lets hope that the site is not allocated to vendors of booze and fast food. What about some REAL resort facilities. ekimnoslen
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5:39pm Wed 20 Jan 10

jrheaven says...

My 6 year old daughter has been in tears since hearing that the IMAX complex is going to be knocked down. She loves going to the Wacky Warehouse and will really miss it. Lets hope another location can be found for the Wacky Warehouse so that the children in the area have a soft play area they can go to without having to go out of the town centre to find such places.

Seeing that 3D films are now becoming the norm, especially in the IMAX format, Bournemouth Council should look for another company to invest in the current complex and reopen the IMAX so the council can recoup the cost of buying the building instead of passing the multi-million pound cost on to the council tax payers of Bournemouth!!!
My 6 year old daughter has been in tears since hearing that the IMAX complex is going to be knocked down. She loves going to the Wacky Warehouse and will really miss it. Lets hope another location can be found for the Wacky Warehouse so that the children in the area have a soft play area they can go to without having to go out of the town centre to find such places. Seeing that 3D films are now becoming the norm, especially in the IMAX format, Bournemouth Council should look for another company to invest in the current complex and reopen the IMAX so the council can recoup the cost of buying the building instead of passing the multi-million pound cost on to the council tax payers of Bournemouth!!! jrheaven
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5:40pm Wed 20 Jan 10

haveigotnewsforyou? says...

Could the fact that no-one was fighting to move into the empty spaces in the building mean that they too knew that they couldn't make it work. One by one tentants have moved out probably because they were loosing money in a building that had no real interest. At least now the council has moved to make things happen. For years everyone has wanted this eyesore removed lets all hope that it doesn't take as long to find a suitable alternative.
Could the fact that no-one was fighting to move into the empty spaces in the building mean that they too knew that they couldn't make it work. One by one tentants have moved out probably because they were loosing money in a building that had no real interest. At least now the council has moved to make things happen. For years everyone has wanted this eyesore removed lets all hope that it doesn't take as long to find a suitable alternative. haveigotnewsforyou?
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5:40pm Wed 20 Jan 10

gujelsnap says...

Ok, it it a clumsy building, but there's plenty of examples of bad architecture everywhere - the point is it is a FULLY OPERATIONAL IMAX CINEMA IN OUR OWN TOWN, all ready to go. Think very long and hard before wishing it gone, to be replaced by what exactly? Some pointless banal retail development with no value to anyone. If you've ever experienced Imax you know just how great it is - now VOTE FOR THE IMAX TO BE REOPENED!!!!
Ok, it it a clumsy building, but there's plenty of examples of bad architecture everywhere - the point is it is a FULLY OPERATIONAL IMAX CINEMA IN OUR OWN TOWN, all ready to go. Think very long and hard before wishing it gone, to be replaced by what exactly? Some pointless banal retail development with no value to anyone. If you've ever experienced Imax you know just how great it is - now VOTE FOR THE IMAX TO BE REOPENED!!!! gujelsnap
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5:42pm Wed 20 Jan 10

EGHH says...

Great news. Can we now have the view over the bay back please!
Great news. Can we now have the view over the bay back please! EGHH
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5:44pm Wed 20 Jan 10

wickerman says...

how was this place ever built in the first place, a few brown envelopes handed around im sure. the people of bournemouth were never informed that this dull grey building was going up and how permission granted to build it i will never know. hopefully someone with a bit of vision and imagination will come up trumps but lets keep the views which we have not had for years
how was this place ever built in the first place, a few brown envelopes handed around im sure. the people of bournemouth were never informed that this dull grey building was going up and how permission granted to build it i will never know. hopefully someone with a bit of vision and imagination will come up trumps but lets keep the views which we have not had for years wickerman
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5:46pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Emulated says...

And council tax bills will rise to pay the £7.5 million +
And council tax bills will rise to pay the £7.5 million + Emulated
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5:57pm Wed 20 Jan 10

tt52 says...

boardstiff wrote:
tt52 wrote:
GREAT NEWS, lets hope that what ever the council decide to do with the site they consult with the people who live here first instead of coming up with another of their dumd ideas, now all we need is for the surf reef to be blown up.
Why do you want the surf reef to be blown up?
Because it cost far too much to serve a very small amount of people.
12 million should have been spent to serve everybody not just a few surfers.
It was just another imax only a few years later/ lets not forget we will have to continue paying to have this surf reef policed by health and safty wierdo's and lifeguards just for a select few.
[quote][p][bold]boardstiff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tt52[/bold] wrote: GREAT NEWS, lets hope that what ever the council decide to do with the site they consult with the people who live here first instead of coming up with another of their dumd ideas, now all we need is for the surf reef to be blown up.[/p][/quote]Why do you want the surf reef to be blown up?[/p][/quote]Because it cost far too much to serve a very small amount of people. 12 million should have been spent to serve everybody not just a few surfers. It was just another imax only a few years later/ lets not forget we will have to continue paying to have this surf reef policed by health and safty wierdo's and lifeguards just for a select few. tt52
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6:03pm Wed 20 Jan 10

I-H-S says...

This will go down as the Ford Edsel of architectecture
This will go down as the Ford Edsel of architectecture I-H-S
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6:19pm Wed 20 Jan 10

psal says...

Great News. Now build something not too high to take away the view and make it appropriate for children and families. No more bars or clubs.
Great News. Now build something not too high to take away the view and make it appropriate for children and families. No more bars or clubs. psal
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6:29pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Ramos says...

@tt52 - since when did the surf reef cost anywhere near 12million?! The building of the artificial reef was a small part of the amount spent on developing the area around it.
@tt52 - since when did the surf reef cost anywhere near 12million?! The building of the artificial reef was a small part of the amount spent on developing the area around it. Ramos
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6:30pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Megnom says...

Could the town hall brains perhaps have a swimming pool or an ice rink to replace this eyesore.
I have never believed in the spoilt view theory. where can you stand to see this lost view? I doubt if many will stand opposite the Royal Bath, or the entrance to the Pavilion rear car park--that will go when the Casino is built.
The view is lost if you travel by car--thats about 10 seconds.
Lets have a public vote.
Could the town hall brains perhaps have a swimming pool or an ice rink to replace this eyesore. I have never believed in the spoilt view theory. where can you stand to see this lost view? I doubt if many will stand opposite the Royal Bath, or the entrance to the Pavilion rear car park--that will go when the Casino is built. The view is lost if you travel by car--thats about 10 seconds. Lets have a public vote. Megnom
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6:33pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Bob49 says...

wickerman wrote:
how was this place ever built in the first place, a few brown envelopes handed around im sure. the people of bournemouth were never informed that this dull grey building was going up and how permission granted to build it i will never know. hopefully someone with a bit of vision and imagination will come up trumps but lets keep the views which we have not had for years
Whe it was first conceived then built it appeared commercially viable and something that would enhance the area. As it rose up it was clearly neither of the above, The council merely wrong their hands and said there was nothing they could do.

The same happened with the Moneycombe scam on Boscombe seafront. I have photos of the artists im pressions of what it would look like. The front was open to the public and it DID NOT blot out the view across to the Purbecks. There were also shops and cafes on the pier.

What happened when that proved to be false. NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING save the all too predictable crocodile tears from the usual suspects ( and most likely beneficiaries). So don't hold your breathe that whatever is proposed will be built as stated.

This will be, once again, about the priviliged few filling their boots - and more sadly the terminally dim squeaking up on their behalf and decrying anyone who has the gumption to ask where are the 'Emperors new clothes ?'
[quote][p][bold]wickerman[/bold] wrote: how was this place ever built in the first place, a few brown envelopes handed around im sure. the people of bournemouth were never informed that this dull grey building was going up and how permission granted to build it i will never know. hopefully someone with a bit of vision and imagination will come up trumps but lets keep the views which we have not had for years[/p][/quote]Whe it was first conceived then built it appeared commercially viable and something that would enhance the area. As it rose up it was clearly neither of the above, The council merely wrong their hands and said there was nothing they could do. The same happened with the Moneycombe scam on Boscombe seafront. I have photos of the artists im pressions of what it would look like. The front was open to the public and it DID NOT blot out the view across to the Purbecks. There were also shops and cafes on the pier. What happened when that proved to be false. NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING save the all too predictable crocodile tears from the usual suspects ( and most likely beneficiaries). So don't hold your breathe that whatever is proposed will be built as stated. This will be, once again, about the priviliged few filling their boots - and more sadly the terminally dim squeaking up on their behalf and decrying anyone who has the gumption to ask where are the 'Emperors new clothes ?' Bob49
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6:38pm Wed 20 Jan 10

R1200RT says...

Excellent news. How about a single storey internet cafe where people can meet with Cllr Macloughlin & swap images?
Excellent news. How about a single storey internet cafe where people can meet with Cllr Macloughlin & swap images? R1200RT
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6:46pm Wed 20 Jan 10

tt52 says...

Ramos wrote:
@tt52 - since when did the surf reef cost anywhere near 12million?! The building of the artificial reef was a small part of the amount spent on developing the area around it.
From what i have read the surf reef cost 3 million plus developing the area around it so yes i was wrong but having said that spending even 3 million on this thing to cater for a very small minority is not justified.
That amount of money could have been better spent for the enjoyment of the majority of us who supply the money in the first place
[quote][p][bold]Ramos[/bold] wrote: @tt52 - since when did the surf reef cost anywhere near 12million?! The building of the artificial reef was a small part of the amount spent on developing the area around it.[/p][/quote]From what i have read the surf reef cost 3 million plus developing the area around it so yes i was wrong but having said that spending even 3 million on this thing to cater for a very small minority is not justified. That amount of money could have been better spent for the enjoyment of the majority of us who supply the money in the first place tt52
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6:48pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Was Charlie says...

I thought all the cinema stuff had been removed from the building. If so it would cost a fortune to reinstate it, and who would be willing to do this on the evidence of the success of one film?
Knock the Imax down, but replace it with a lower more attractive bulding, having first considered what function would be most beneficial to both visitors and residents on the site. Difficult, but councillors are elected to do the best for the town.
I thought all the cinema stuff had been removed from the building. If so it would cost a fortune to reinstate it, and who would be willing to do this on the evidence of the success of one film? Knock the Imax down, but replace it with a lower more attractive bulding, having first considered what function would be most beneficial to both visitors and residents on the site. Difficult, but councillors are elected to do the best for the town. Was Charlie
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6:57pm Wed 20 Jan 10

jboris says...

The council are feckless and incompetent if not a little dodgy. How long before we get Barratts Monstrosity two? Beating all previous planning permission cons and 'Conflict of interests'. Expect the worse.
The council are feckless and incompetent if not a little dodgy. How long before we get Barratts Monstrosity two? Beating all previous planning permission cons and 'Conflict of interests'. Expect the worse. jboris
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7:01pm Wed 20 Jan 10

twobigdogs says...

For gods sake........at last its coming down......lets all be happy with the council for doing something at last.
For gods sake........at last its coming down......lets all be happy with the council for doing something at last. twobigdogs
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7:04pm Wed 20 Jan 10

boardstiff says...

tt52 wrote:
boardstiff wrote:
tt52 wrote:
GREAT NEWS, lets hope that what ever the council decide to do with the site they consult with the people who live here first instead of coming up with another of their dumd ideas, now all we need is for the surf reef to be blown up.
Why do you want the surf reef to be blown up?
Because it cost far too much to serve a very small amount of people.
12 million should have been spent to serve everybody not just a few surfers.
It was just another imax only a few years later/ lets not forget we will have to continue paying to have this surf reef policed by health and safty wierdo's and lifeguards just for a select few.
OK, I know that this is about the Waterfront building and I for one will be delighted to see it go.

However, the reef is only part of a regeneration scheme that has seen a major improvement to the Boscombe seafront. On its own, it did not cost £12 million. The overall scheme (whether by accident or not) will make a major contribution to the re-establishment of the area as a tourist destination for surfers and others. I for one saw more boats "parked" off the beach at the tail end of the summer, and more watersports activity by windsurfers etc than ever before.

The policing by "health and safety wierdo's" (weirdos) is supposition, and the "we" who seem to be paying for the lifeguards are members of the RNLI - like me - who pay our monthly subscription. I'm not aware that Bournemouth is paying the RNLI for this service, but no doubt someone suitably informed can enlighten us.

The scheme to regenerate Boscombe seafront (however it came about!) can only be for the good of the area.

Please don't blow up the reef!
[quote][p][bold]tt52[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boardstiff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tt52[/bold] wrote: GREAT NEWS, lets hope that what ever the council decide to do with the site they consult with the people who live here first instead of coming up with another of their dumd ideas, now all we need is for the surf reef to be blown up.[/p][/quote]Why do you want the surf reef to be blown up?[/p][/quote]Because it cost far too much to serve a very small amount of people. 12 million should have been spent to serve everybody not just a few surfers. It was just another imax only a few years later/ lets not forget we will have to continue paying to have this surf reef policed by health and safty wierdo's and lifeguards just for a select few.[/p][/quote]OK, I know that this is about the Waterfront building and I for one will be delighted to see it go. However, the reef is only part of a regeneration scheme that has seen a major improvement to the Boscombe seafront. On its own, it did not cost £12 million. The overall scheme (whether by accident or not) will make a major contribution to the re-establishment of the area as a tourist destination for surfers and others. I for one saw more boats "parked" off the beach at the tail end of the summer, and more watersports activity by windsurfers etc than ever before. The policing by "health and safety wierdo's" (weirdos) is supposition, and the "we" who seem to be paying for the lifeguards are members of the RNLI - like me - who pay our monthly subscription. I'm not aware that Bournemouth is paying the RNLI for this service, but no doubt someone suitably informed can enlighten us. The scheme to regenerate Boscombe seafront (however it came about!) can only be for the good of the area. Please don't blow up the reef! boardstiff
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7:10pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Ranon says...

Fair enough and about time; but, and there always is a but, is the 'all weather' facility going to give us value and not be a burden on maintenance requirement?
Fair enough and about time; but, and there always is a but, is the 'all weather' facility going to give us value and not be a burden on maintenance requirement? Ranon
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7:19pm Wed 20 Jan 10

tt52 says...

boardstiff wrote:
tt52 wrote:
boardstiff wrote:
tt52 wrote:
GREAT NEWS, lets hope that what ever the council decide to do with the site they consult with the people who live here first instead of coming up with another of their dumd ideas, now all we need is for the surf reef to be blown up.
Why do you want the surf reef to be blown up?
Because it cost far too much to serve a very small amount of people.
12 million should have been spent to serve everybody not just a few surfers.
It was just another imax only a few years later/ lets not forget we will have to continue paying to have this surf reef policed by health and safty wierdo's and lifeguards just for a select few.
OK, I know that this is about the Waterfront building and I for one will be delighted to see it go.

However, the reef is only part of a regeneration scheme that has seen a major improvement to the Boscombe seafront. On its own, it did not cost £12 million. The overall scheme (whether by accident or not) will make a major contribution to the re-establishment of the area as a tourist destination for surfers and others. I for one saw more boats "parked" off the beach at the tail end of the summer, and more watersports activity by windsurfers etc than ever before.

The policing by "health and safety wierdo's" (weirdos) is supposition, and the "we" who seem to be paying for the lifeguards are members of the RNLI - like me - who pay our monthly subscription. I'm not aware that Bournemouth is paying the RNLI for this service, but no doubt someone suitably informed can enlighten us.

The scheme to regenerate Boscombe seafront (however it came about!) can only be for the good of the area.

Please don't blow up the reef!
Surf reef and sea front refurb £11.4 million, just checked it out, I have two arguments here, the surf reef is non profit making and will probably cost me even more in the long run, secondly the complex has been built for the rich and famous with my money, that really gets my back up
[quote][p][bold]boardstiff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tt52[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boardstiff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tt52[/bold] wrote: GREAT NEWS, lets hope that what ever the council decide to do with the site they consult with the people who live here first instead of coming up with another of their dumd ideas, now all we need is for the surf reef to be blown up.[/p][/quote]Why do you want the surf reef to be blown up?[/p][/quote]Because it cost far too much to serve a very small amount of people. 12 million should have been spent to serve everybody not just a few surfers. It was just another imax only a few years later/ lets not forget we will have to continue paying to have this surf reef policed by health and safty wierdo's and lifeguards just for a select few.[/p][/quote]OK, I know that this is about the Waterfront building and I for one will be delighted to see it go. However, the reef is only part of a regeneration scheme that has seen a major improvement to the Boscombe seafront. On its own, it did not cost £12 million. The overall scheme (whether by accident or not) will make a major contribution to the re-establishment of the area as a tourist destination for surfers and others. I for one saw more boats "parked" off the beach at the tail end of the summer, and more watersports activity by windsurfers etc than ever before. The policing by "health and safety wierdo's" (weirdos) is supposition, and the "we" who seem to be paying for the lifeguards are members of the RNLI - like me - who pay our monthly subscription. I'm not aware that Bournemouth is paying the RNLI for this service, but no doubt someone suitably informed can enlighten us. The scheme to regenerate Boscombe seafront (however it came about!) can only be for the good of the area. Please don't blow up the reef![/p][/quote]Surf reef and sea front refurb £11.4 million, just checked it out, I have two arguments here, the surf reef is non profit making and will probably cost me even more in the long run, secondly the complex has been built for the rich and famous with my money, that really gets my back up tt52
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7:22pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Haggis22 says...

alumchineboy2 wrote:
How about something for residents there ? - yes, the people whohave paid for it. I'd imagine that there will be some sort of kiss me quick food outlet for all the chav's and northerners to get excited about . My point is that at least when the baths were there then they could be used by the people of Bournemouth. A lot of people will be upset if its just another tourist attraction for out of town stag and hen groups. Saying all this, I am happy its going to change but lets get something of quality not something thats going to be tatty within a short while.
Good to see you don't miss an opportunity to exert your parochial biased views in addition to your pointless whinging !! You could have added that we also take your jobs whilst starting fights with bottles ?? Why don't we replace the Imax with a social centre where people who are different can meet ? A Gigantic Wetherspoons perhaps ???
[quote][p][bold]alumchineboy2[/bold] wrote: How about something for residents there ? - yes, the people whohave paid for it. I'd imagine that there will be some sort of kiss me quick food outlet for all the chav's and northerners to get excited about . My point is that at least when the baths were there then they could be used by the people of Bournemouth. A lot of people will be upset if its just another tourist attraction for out of town stag and hen groups. Saying all this, I am happy its going to change but lets get something of quality not something thats going to be tatty within a short while.[/p][/quote]Good to see you don't miss an opportunity to exert your parochial biased views in addition to your pointless whinging !! You could have added that we also take your jobs whilst starting fights with bottles ?? Why don't we replace the Imax with a social centre where people who are different can meet ? A Gigantic Wetherspoons perhaps ??? Haggis22
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7:25pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Bournemouthstorm says...

gujelsnap wrote:
Ok, it it a clumsy building, but there's plenty of examples of bad architecture everywhere - the point is it is a FULLY OPERATIONAL IMAX CINEMA IN OUR OWN TOWN, all ready to go. Think very long and hard before wishing it gone, to be replaced by what exactly? Some pointless banal retail development with no value to anyone. If you've ever experienced Imax you know just how great it is - now VOTE FOR THE IMAX TO BE REOPENED!!!!
No one went that is why it closed in the first place!
[quote][p][bold]gujelsnap[/bold] wrote: Ok, it it a clumsy building, but there's plenty of examples of bad architecture everywhere - the point is it is a FULLY OPERATIONAL IMAX CINEMA IN OUR OWN TOWN, all ready to go. Think very long and hard before wishing it gone, to be replaced by what exactly? Some pointless banal retail development with no value to anyone. If you've ever experienced Imax you know just how great it is - now VOTE FOR THE IMAX TO BE REOPENED!!!![/p][/quote]No one went that is why it closed in the first place! Bournemouthstorm
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7:29pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Bournemouthstorm says...

Account Suspended wrote:
Whilst I'm elated that the council is pulling this thing down, surely that £7.5m would have been better spent in repurchasing Dean Court for the community, and building an Ice Rink and fourth stand at the open end?
We still have the old ice rink intact above the shops down Westover Road. You can see the ice rink where the firedoors are open down Hinton Road.
[quote][p][bold]Account Suspended[/bold] wrote: Whilst I'm elated that the council is pulling this thing down, surely that £7.5m would have been better spent in repurchasing Dean Court for the community, and building an Ice Rink and fourth stand at the open end?[/p][/quote]We still have the old ice rink intact above the shops down Westover Road. You can see the ice rink where the firedoors are open down Hinton Road. Bournemouthstorm
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7:34pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Bournemouthstorm says...

Hooky wrote:
..er... I don't remember there being an actual vote on this at all! Sure a lot of people moaned about it - but a lot of people didn't moan about it. I have enjoyed great times in the restaurant there, good times in the club downstairs, enjoyed summer and winter evenings in the pub and terrace with friends and family - now they want to take that away from visitors to bournemouth? What they should do is sort out a tenant for the un-occupied space and generate some revenue and jobs for the town this summer.. Our summer visitors want something to do this year - not look at a demolition/building site
Not true. Just look at the voting on the Echo online poll.
[quote][p][bold]Hooky[/bold] wrote: ..er... I don't remember there being an actual vote on this at all! Sure a lot of people moaned about it - but a lot of people didn't moan about it. I have enjoyed great times in the restaurant there, good times in the club downstairs, enjoyed summer and winter evenings in the pub and terrace with friends and family - now they want to take that away from visitors to bournemouth? What they should do is sort out a tenant for the un-occupied space and generate some revenue and jobs for the town this summer.. Our summer visitors want something to do this year - not look at a demolition/building site[/p][/quote]Not true. Just look at the voting on the Echo online poll. Bournemouthstorm
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7:40pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Glashen says...

boardstiff wrote:
tt52 wrote:
boardstiff wrote:
tt52 wrote:
GREAT NEWS, lets hope that what ever the council decide to do with the site they consult with the people who live here first instead of coming up with another of their dumd ideas, now all we need is for the surf reef to be blown up.
Why do you want the surf reef to be blown up?
Because it cost far too much to serve a very small amount of people.
12 million should have been spent to serve everybody not just a few surfers.
It was just another imax only a few years later/ lets not forget we will have to continue paying to have this surf reef policed by health and safty wierdo's and lifeguards just for a select few.
OK, I know that this is about the Waterfront building and I for one will be delighted to see it go.

However, the reef is only part of a regeneration scheme that has seen a major improvement to the Boscombe seafront. On its own, it did not cost £12 million. The overall scheme (whether by accident or not) will make a major contribution to the re-establishment of the area as a tourist destination for surfers and others. I for one saw more boats "parked" off the beach at the tail end of the summer, and more watersports activity by windsurfers etc than ever before.

The policing by "health and safety wierdo's" (weirdos) is supposition, and the "we" who seem to be paying for the lifeguards are members of the RNLI - like me - who pay our monthly subscription. I'm not aware that Bournemouth is paying the RNLI for this service, but no doubt someone suitably informed can enlighten us.

The scheme to regenerate Boscombe seafront (however it came about!) can only be for the good of the area.

Please don't blow up the reef!
Sorry more thread drift. I'm in general agreement with you Boardstiff. However you are mistaken regarding the RNLI lifeguards, this is a service provided by the RNLI for a charge paid by the council. Much of Bournemouth Beach is guarded through this system. The only thing really different about the lifeguards at Boscombe is that they operate 365 days a year. I suspect Bournemouth Beaches would lose their Blue Flag status if they weren't supervised in this way.

To get back to the IMAX if they can get it demolished, I say Great! Well done! A big almost empty shed Right by the Pier, blocking the view really isn't doing Bournemouth any good at all.
[quote][p][bold]boardstiff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tt52[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boardstiff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tt52[/bold] wrote: GREAT NEWS, lets hope that what ever the council decide to do with the site they consult with the people who live here first instead of coming up with another of their dumd ideas, now all we need is for the surf reef to be blown up.[/p][/quote]Why do you want the surf reef to be blown up?[/p][/quote]Because it cost far too much to serve a very small amount of people. 12 million should have been spent to serve everybody not just a few surfers. It was just another imax only a few years later/ lets not forget we will have to continue paying to have this surf reef policed by health and safty wierdo's and lifeguards just for a select few.[/p][/quote]OK, I know that this is about the Waterfront building and I for one will be delighted to see it go. However, the reef is only part of a regeneration scheme that has seen a major improvement to the Boscombe seafront. On its own, it did not cost £12 million. The overall scheme (whether by accident or not) will make a major contribution to the re-establishment of the area as a tourist destination for surfers and others. I for one saw more boats "parked" off the beach at the tail end of the summer, and more watersports activity by windsurfers etc than ever before. The policing by "health and safety wierdo's" (weirdos) is supposition, and the "we" who seem to be paying for the lifeguards are members of the RNLI - like me - who pay our monthly subscription. I'm not aware that Bournemouth is paying the RNLI for this service, but no doubt someone suitably informed can enlighten us. The scheme to regenerate Boscombe seafront (however it came about!) can only be for the good of the area. Please don't blow up the reef![/p][/quote]Sorry more thread drift. I'm in general agreement with you Boardstiff. However you are mistaken regarding the RNLI lifeguards, this is a service provided by the RNLI for a charge paid by the council. Much of Bournemouth Beach is guarded through this system. The only thing really different about the lifeguards at Boscombe is that they operate 365 days a year. I suspect Bournemouth Beaches would lose their Blue Flag status if they weren't supervised in this way. To get back to the IMAX if they can get it demolished, I say Great! Well done! A big almost empty shed Right by the Pier, blocking the view really isn't doing Bournemouth any good at all. Glashen
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7:47pm Wed 20 Jan 10

jboris says...

Could the Echo reprint its old front cover from the eighties blaming and shaming all Councilors who were AGAINST the Imax.

The local Paper was falling over itself to see Imax built. That was a different lot running the paper I expect but to publish how the paper was behind it at the time and how the local media views have changed would be very interesting to read.
Could the Echo reprint its old front cover from the eighties blaming and shaming all Councilors who were AGAINST the Imax. The local Paper was falling over itself to see Imax built. That was a different lot running the paper I expect but to publish how the paper was behind it at the time and how the local media views have changed would be very interesting to read. jboris
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7:48pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Haggis22 says...

Haggis22 wrote:
alumchineboy2 wrote: How about something for residents there ? - yes, the people whohave paid for it. I'd imagine that there will be some sort of kiss me quick food outlet for all the chav's and northerners to get excited about . My point is that at least when the baths were there then they could be used by the people of Bournemouth. A lot of people will be upset if its just another tourist attraction for out of town stag and hen groups. Saying all this, I am happy its going to change but lets get something of quality not something thats going to be tatty within a short while.
Good to see you don't miss an opportunity to exert your parochial biased views in addition to your pointless whinging !! You could have added that we also take your jobs whilst starting fights with bottles ?? Why don't we replace the Imax with a social centre where people who are different can meet ? A Gigantic Wetherspoons perhaps ???
............. or somewhere I can walk my Greyhound !!!

............... get a deep fried mars bar

............ a strip club with big vulgar signs !!!

.......... or an up to date cinema where one can view state of the art movies, that has the added benefit of being made totally of plastic so you can see through it and observe the beautiful bay, with a really slippy walkway to satisfy our skaters and a big puddle for the bathers who find the sea a bit wet !!!
[quote][p][bold]Haggis22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alumchineboy2[/bold] wrote: How about something for residents there ? - yes, the people whohave paid for it. I'd imagine that there will be some sort of kiss me quick food outlet for all the chav's and northerners to get excited about . My point is that at least when the baths were there then they could be used by the people of Bournemouth. A lot of people will be upset if its just another tourist attraction for out of town stag and hen groups. Saying all this, I am happy its going to change but lets get something of quality not something thats going to be tatty within a short while.[/p][/quote]Good to see you don't miss an opportunity to exert your parochial biased views in addition to your pointless whinging !! You could have added that we also take your jobs whilst starting fights with bottles ?? Why don't we replace the Imax with a social centre where people who are different can meet ? A Gigantic Wetherspoons perhaps ???[/p][/quote]............. or somewhere I can walk my Greyhound !!! ............... get a deep fried mars bar ............ a strip club with big vulgar signs !!! .......... or an up to date cinema where one can view state of the art movies, that has the added benefit of being made totally of plastic so you can see through it and observe the beautiful bay, with a really slippy walkway to satisfy our skaters and a big puddle for the bathers who find the sea a bit wet !!! Haggis22
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8:41pm Wed 20 Jan 10

PokesdownMark says...

Classic! :-)
Classic! :-) PokesdownMark
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8:50pm Wed 20 Jan 10

PokesdownMark says...

Bournemouthstorm wrote:
Account Suspended wrote:
Whilst I'm elated that the council is pulling this thing down, surely that £7.5m would have been better spent in repurchasing Dean Court for the community, and building an Ice Rink and fourth stand at the open end?
We still have the old ice rink intact above the shops down Westover Road. You can see the ice rink where the firedoors are open down Hinton Road.
Search for Bournemouth Ice Rink on YouTube for recent video inside the rink. It looks very far from intact to me!
[quote][p][bold]Bournemouthstorm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Account Suspended[/bold] wrote: Whilst I'm elated that the council is pulling this thing down, surely that £7.5m would have been better spent in repurchasing Dean Court for the community, and building an Ice Rink and fourth stand at the open end?[/p][/quote]We still have the old ice rink intact above the shops down Westover Road. You can see the ice rink where the firedoors are open down Hinton Road.[/p][/quote]Search for Bournemouth Ice Rink on YouTube for recent video inside the rink. It looks very far from intact to me! PokesdownMark
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8:54pm Wed 20 Jan 10

oneshortleg says...

What concerns me more is how this "deal" was done. Our elected councillors new nothing of this plan before last night and after such public outcry over the Imax why wasn't there a public consultation on spending such a large amount of our money on a building no other companies seem intrested in and the fact that the council still owns the land so has only bought the actual building. Moreover after such massive cuts in services why have we only just found out about these vast funds we have and how much more cash is stored while cuts go on.
What concerns me more is how this "deal" was done. Our elected councillors new nothing of this plan before last night and after such public outcry over the Imax why wasn't there a public consultation on spending such a large amount of our money on a building no other companies seem intrested in and the fact that the council still owns the land so has only bought the actual building. Moreover after such massive cuts in services why have we only just found out about these vast funds we have and how much more cash is stored while cuts go on. oneshortleg
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8:56pm Wed 20 Jan 10

The Seasider says...

This is excellent news. Well done to all those at the council for having the persistence and focus to make this happen- Bournemouth will be grateful, despite the usual grumbles.
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Dont forget that the Imax was either THE most hated (or second most hated) building in Britain- as voted by the public in a poll a year or two ago.
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Whatever replaces it- PLEASE - NEVER COMPROMISE ON QUALITY, the public will grow to love something which has true quality, class, beauty and integrity.
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This site (and the Exeter Road carpark site) have the potential to create a real buzz and put Bournemouth back on the map for all the right reasons- premium sites require premium architecture.
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In the long slog ahead of committees, planning, funding, etc., as long as you (the council, and the public) accept no compromise on design quality: people will love it. Nothing but excellence will do.
This is excellent news. Well done to all those at the council for having the persistence and focus to make this happen- Bournemouth will be grateful, despite the usual grumbles. . Dont forget that the Imax was either THE most hated (or second most hated) building in Britain- as voted by the public in a poll a year or two ago. . Whatever replaces it- PLEASE - NEVER COMPROMISE ON QUALITY, the public will grow to love something which has true quality, class, beauty and integrity. . This site (and the Exeter Road carpark site) have the potential to create a real buzz and put Bournemouth back on the map for all the right reasons- premium sites require premium architecture. . In the long slog ahead of committees, planning, funding, etc., as long as you (the council, and the public) accept no compromise on design quality: people will love it. Nothing but excellence will do. The Seasider
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8:57pm Wed 20 Jan 10

raspberry says...

Wouldn't it be nice to have an ice-rink back in Bournemouth?? Permantly not just a visiting one!!
Wouldn't it be nice to have an ice-rink back in Bournemouth?? Permantly not just a visiting one!! raspberry
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9:04pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Bournemouthstorm says...

PokesdownMark wrote:
Bournemouthstorm wrote:
Account Suspended wrote: Whilst I'm elated that the council is pulling this thing down, surely that £7.5m would have been better spent in repurchasing Dean Court for the community, and building an Ice Rink and fourth stand at the open end?
We still have the old ice rink intact above the shops down Westover Road. You can see the ice rink where the firedoors are open down Hinton Road.
Search for Bournemouth Ice Rink on YouTube for recent video inside the rink. It looks very far from intact to me!
Looks like it is still there to me. Obviously was not a demand for the ice rink otherwise it would not have closed...bit like BHS.
[quote][p][bold]PokesdownMark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bournemouthstorm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Account Suspended[/bold] wrote: Whilst I'm elated that the council is pulling this thing down, surely that £7.5m would have been better spent in repurchasing Dean Court for the community, and building an Ice Rink and fourth stand at the open end?[/p][/quote]We still have the old ice rink intact above the shops down Westover Road. You can see the ice rink where the firedoors are open down Hinton Road.[/p][/quote]Search for Bournemouth Ice Rink on YouTube for recent video inside the rink. It looks very far from intact to me![/p][/quote]Looks like it is still there to me. Obviously was not a demand for the ice rink otherwise it would not have closed...bit like BHS. Bournemouthstorm
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9:24pm Wed 20 Jan 10

old git 2 says...

Bournemouth Council is currently going through a period of 'change' where in one directorate alone they are looking at 30 - 40% front line staff redundancies.
as a whole, the council has to save £8million.
now they are spending £7.5 million on buying an empty building in order to spend more money on its demolition.
then there is the cost of the public consultation to decide what goes in there instead.
then the cost of drawing up plans.
then the cost of building.

prior to the Imax building there was a car park on the site which allowed for fantastic views across the bay for the residents of the Royal Bath. (if you didnt mind a few hundred cars in the foreground)
however before the car park, there was a beautiful swimming pool.

whatever goes in there, someone will complain but no one will consider the poor front line staff that lost their jobs / careers in order to fund it!
Bournemouth Council is currently going through a period of 'change' where in one directorate alone they are looking at 30 - 40% front line staff redundancies. as a whole, the council has to save £8million. now they are spending £7.5 million on buying an empty building in order to spend more money on its demolition. then there is the cost of the public consultation to decide what goes in there instead. then the cost of drawing up plans. then the cost of building. prior to the Imax building there was a car park on the site which allowed for fantastic views across the bay for the residents of the Royal Bath. (if you didnt mind a few hundred cars in the foreground) however before the car park, there was a beautiful swimming pool. whatever goes in there, someone will complain but no one will consider the poor front line staff that lost their jobs / careers in order to fund it! old git 2
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9:26pm Wed 20 Jan 10

nigglygrilly says...

Should put a swimming pool there - oh sorry I forgot the site was once a swimming pool! You can't always swim in the sea so it'd be nice for somewhere to swim when sea it out!
Should put a swimming pool there - oh sorry I forgot the site was once a swimming pool! You can't always swim in the sea so it'd be nice for somewhere to swim when sea it out! nigglygrilly
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9:38pm Wed 20 Jan 10

ferndownred says...

Disgusting. How dare the council use our money to buy back something that is worth nothing that none of us wanted to start with. the council are at fault for the appearance of a beast that had no business plan and no chance of working and now they are using our money to buy it back. this cannot be legal?!!
Disgusting. How dare the council use our money to buy back something that is worth nothing that none of us wanted to start with. the council are at fault for the appearance of a beast that had no business plan and no chance of working and now they are using our money to buy it back. this cannot be legal?!! ferndownred
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9:40pm Wed 20 Jan 10

supermac says...

TinyLegacy wrote:
£7.5M?! That could go to FAR better use.
Like buying Dean Court off of structadene and rent it back to the club.
[quote][p][bold]TinyLegacy[/bold] wrote: £7.5M?! That could go to FAR better use.[/p][/quote]Like buying Dean Court off of structadene and rent it back to the club. supermac
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9:57pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Pineview says...

Amazed that Bournemouth Coucil has this ammount of money to spend !!
oh and all the people who are bemoaning the councils actions ,how many of you voted in the local elections???
Around 30% of us did!!
Hardly a mandate to do anything .
Amazed that Bournemouth Coucil has this ammount of money to spend !! oh and all the people who are bemoaning the councils actions ,how many of you voted in the local elections??? Around 30% of us did!! Hardly a mandate to do anything . Pineview
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10:37pm Wed 20 Jan 10

jdichio says...

Finally. I can hardly believe they have decided to pull it down...one of the worst monstrosities on the face of the earth. I hope the powers that be think really carefully before they decide what to put in its place, hopefully not a drinking establishment.
Finally. I can hardly believe they have decided to pull it down...one of the worst monstrosities on the face of the earth. I hope the powers that be think really carefully before they decide what to put in its place, hopefully not a drinking establishment. jdichio
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11:10pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Laurie H Marsh says...

I-H-S wrote:
This will go down as the Ford Edsel of architectecture
Have you any idea how collectable Edsel's are at this time?
They cost a fortune (not 7.5 million though)!
I never could see the point of pier approach baths, I mean the sea is warm enough to swim in for at least 5 weeks in the year and with global warming the sky is the limit!
How about a new pool hall surrounded by a market with some rides and stuff?
You know, a touch of class!
[quote][p][bold]I-H-S[/bold] wrote: This will go down as the Ford Edsel of architectecture[/p][/quote]Have you any idea how collectable Edsel's are at this time? They cost a fortune (not 7.5 million though)! I never could see the point of pier approach baths, I mean the sea is warm enough to swim in for at least 5 weeks in the year and with global warming the sky is the limit! How about a new pool hall surrounded by a market with some rides and stuff? You know, a touch of class! Laurie H Marsh
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11:19pm Wed 20 Jan 10

dbass says...

Who granted planning permission for the Imax building (The Isore) in the first place..........Yeah right !
Who granted planning permission for the Imax building (The Isore) in the first place..........Yeah right ! dbass
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11:21pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Bob49 says...

To understand how we ended up with this heap of worthless junk you only have to read a couple of posts on here regarding the surf reef. something that was supposed to be set to regenerate the whole of Boscombe is now only claimed to be regenerating the seafront. A claim that conveniently overlooks the fact that once the flats were up the guff about cafes and shops on the pier have been forgotten as has the twaddle about the knock on effect on retail sales in Boscombe. We the tax payers have been left with a massive shortfall due to the failure of any reasoned income from the surfpods. So where will the cuts fall to cover that shortfall ? Will another valuable piece of council real estate be allowed to fall into disrepair so that it can then be flogged off to developers under the guise of 'regeneration'. If the Moneycombe scam can't be seen for what it was(and now is) then I have grave doubts as to whether we will get anything fit for purpose to replace the Imax.
To understand how we ended up with this heap of worthless junk you only have to read a couple of posts on here regarding the surf reef. something that was supposed to be set to regenerate the whole of Boscombe is now only claimed to be regenerating the seafront. A claim that conveniently overlooks the fact that once the flats were up the guff about cafes and shops on the pier have been forgotten as has the twaddle about the knock on effect on retail sales in Boscombe. We the tax payers have been left with a massive shortfall due to the failure of any reasoned income from the surfpods. So where will the cuts fall to cover that shortfall ? Will another valuable piece of council real estate be allowed to fall into disrepair so that it can then be flogged off to developers under the guise of 'regeneration'. If the Moneycombe scam can't be seen for what it was(and now is) then I have grave doubts as to whether we will get anything fit for purpose to replace the Imax. Bob49
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12:21am Thu 21 Jan 10

charley farley west parley says...

I love the Waterfront Building. To me it is a design classic. Unfortunately, like so many things ahead of it's time it isn't appreciated by the majority of the people of the day.The fight to save it begins here, and be warned.. i NEVER give in.
I love the Waterfront Building. To me it is a design classic. Unfortunately, like so many things ahead of it's time it isn't appreciated by the majority of the people of the day.The fight to save it begins here, and be warned.. i NEVER give in. charley farley west parley
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1:48am Thu 21 Jan 10

Arjay says...

OK, I've checked, and it's not April 1st ------ I've just pinched myself, and I don't think I'm dreaming ---so it might just be true!
If it is, HooBLOODYray!!!

I'll still only really believe it, when I can actually stand on top of the pile of rubble from the biggest mistake Bournemouth ever made!

Hmmmm... we'll see.......I'm not holding my breath!
OK, I've checked, and it's not April 1st ------ I've just pinched myself, and I don't think I'm dreaming ---so it might just be true! If it is, HooBLOODYray!!! I'll still only really believe it, when I can actually stand on top of the pile of rubble from the biggest mistake Bournemouth ever made! Hmmmm... we'll see.......I'm not holding my breath! Arjay
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5:51am Thu 21 Jan 10

jquain says...

Is the building really that bad as to warrant the council spending out £7million, surely there are much more pressing issues. I don't see how they can justify spending tax payers money on this. Why didn't they just focus on getting 'suitable' new tenants to come to the existing building.
Is the building really that bad as to warrant the council spending out £7million, surely there are much more pressing issues. I don't see how they can justify spending tax payers money on this. Why didn't they just focus on getting 'suitable' new tenants to come to the existing building. jquain
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8:02am Thu 21 Jan 10

colmoor says...

another waste of public money . maybe they should put the place up for sale after compulsory purchasing the place or better still open it as the new offices of the nasty party oops sorry the tory party
another waste of public money . maybe they should put the place up for sale after compulsory purchasing the place or better still open it as the new offices of the nasty party oops sorry the tory party colmoor
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8:36am Thu 21 Jan 10

Johnedwards says...

Is there no Remorse or Management Control in the Bournemouth Tory Council?

First we hear council staff wasting time at tax payers expense by sending personal messages to each other.
Then a senior figure is found to have and viewed lewd images on his works computer!
These people are still in their jobs. No doubt they will be awarding themselves a pay rise next!

The incompetent Conservatives, claiming to be in charge, are now trying to say they listened to the residents in deciding to take the Imax down! What a blazon sham! The residents did not want it in the first place!

We had half baked excuses that the Tories hands were tied and they could do nothing! Why? Who negotiated the contract? Why were there no Performance Benchmarks set out within the contract with get out clauses if the other side failed to comply?
Is the person who negotiated the deal still in a job? If so they should be fired - without the Golden Hand shake.

Look on the bright side, it will only cost you a further £7 million. Council Tax to rise again?

What an absolute disgrace. Doom Cameroon wants to stop Brown bashing and put his own house in order. Something about glass houses springs to mind!
Compared to this lot make the prime minister look brilliant!

Hopefully the people of Bournemouth will remember this. Bring on the election.
Is there no Remorse or Management Control in the Bournemouth Tory Council? First we hear council staff wasting time at tax payers expense by sending personal messages to each other. Then a senior figure is found to have and viewed lewd images on his works computer! These people are still in their jobs. No doubt they will be awarding themselves a pay rise next! The incompetent Conservatives, claiming to be in charge, are now trying to say they listened to the residents in deciding to take the Imax down! What a blazon sham! The residents did not want it in the first place! We had half baked excuses that the Tories hands were tied and they could do nothing! Why? Who negotiated the contract? Why were there no Performance Benchmarks set out within the contract with get out clauses if the other side failed to comply? Is the person who negotiated the deal still in a job? If so they should be fired - without the Golden Hand shake. Look on the bright side, it will only cost you a further £7 million. Council Tax to rise again? What an absolute disgrace. Doom Cameroon wants to stop Brown bashing and put his own house in order. Something about glass houses springs to mind! Compared to this lot make the prime minister look brilliant! Hopefully the people of Bournemouth will remember this. Bring on the election. Johnedwards
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8:56am Thu 21 Jan 10

Grumpy Griff says...

Fantastic news - get rid of this eyesore once and for all!!!
Fantastic news - get rid of this eyesore once and for all!!! Grumpy Griff
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9:19am Thu 21 Jan 10

Square Old Codger says...

This is a cynical ploy, by an unpopular politician to curry favour with the electorate, this at a time of austerity when services essential to the well being of many are planned to be cut back. I will believe it when I see it. As for those who are suggesting an Ice Rink or Swimming Pool for the area, forget it, this is an expensive site and only commercially viable projects will be considered.
This is a cynical ploy, by an unpopular politician to curry favour with the electorate, this at a time of austerity when services essential to the well being of many are planned to be cut back. I will believe it when I see it. As for those who are suggesting an Ice Rink or Swimming Pool for the area, forget it, this is an expensive site and only commercially viable projects will be considered. Square Old Codger
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9:28am Thu 21 Jan 10

Glashen says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
This is a cynical ploy, by an unpopular politician to curry favour with the electorate, this at a time of austerity when services essential to the well being of many are planned to be cut back. I will believe it when I see it. As for those who are suggesting an Ice Rink or Swimming Pool for the area, forget it, this is an expensive site and only commercially viable projects will be considered.
There is certainly plenty of cynicism to go round. The problem with finding commercially viable projects is that is what the IMAX was supposed to be. I note in the latest report it says partial demolition, so keep the clubs, bars and restaurants, demolish the cinema?. If you really want a wet weather attraction a swimming pool and or ice rink would fit the bill nicely, but I suspect money will shout too loudly for that to be a possibility.
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: This is a cynical ploy, by an unpopular politician to curry favour with the electorate, this at a time of austerity when services essential to the well being of many are planned to be cut back. I will believe it when I see it. As for those who are suggesting an Ice Rink or Swimming Pool for the area, forget it, this is an expensive site and only commercially viable projects will be considered.[/p][/quote]There is certainly plenty of cynicism to go round. The problem with finding commercially viable projects is that is what the IMAX was supposed to be. I note in the latest report it says partial demolition, so keep the clubs, bars and restaurants, demolish the cinema?. If you really want a wet weather attraction a swimming pool and or ice rink would fit the bill nicely, but I suspect money will shout too loudly for that to be a possibility. Glashen
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9:32am Thu 21 Jan 10

jboris says...

Could it be a deal is already struck up with one of Beesleys developer mates. Planning permission a cert. Short term profit for the Council pension shortfall and to pay the wages of the fat cat clowns at the Council? Long term loss of prime land and nothing more for the people of the town.
Could it be a deal is already struck up with one of Beesleys developer mates. Planning permission a cert. Short term profit for the Council pension shortfall and to pay the wages of the fat cat clowns at the Council? Long term loss of prime land and nothing more for the people of the town. jboris
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9:42am Thu 21 Jan 10

MissLiberty says...

Didn't the council originally sell the site for £750k? and are now buying it back a little over 10 years later for £7.5m? any mathmatical brainiacs out there want to figure out exactly how much money has been wasted? Glad to see the back of this eyesore, but at what cost?
Didn't the council originally sell the site for £750k? and are now buying it back a little over 10 years later for £7.5m? any mathmatical brainiacs out there want to figure out exactly how much money has been wasted? Glad to see the back of this eyesore, but at what cost? MissLiberty
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9:45am Thu 21 Jan 10

antonw says...

For those of us that have lived here all of our lives not simply 'moved' here, and can remember the Pier Approach Baths, the Imax is no worse than its predecessor. There never was a view (apart from for a few years when the plot was empty and used for illegal bank holiday raves and a pointless car park). Anything that will aim to attract 'families' will only be used frequently in the summer season. Anything aimed at young people will be resisted because it will cause them to congregate by the pier (like outside the old ice rink). I'm sure that the council will ultimately benefit from the purchase but I remain unconvinced that it will benefit Bournemouth and its residents to any degree.
For those of us that have lived here all of our lives not simply 'moved' here, and can remember the Pier Approach Baths, the Imax is no worse than its predecessor. There never was a view (apart from for a few years when the plot was empty and used for illegal bank holiday raves and a pointless car park). Anything that will aim to attract 'families' will only be used frequently in the summer season. Anything aimed at young people will be resisted because it will cause them to congregate by the pier (like outside the old ice rink). I'm sure that the council will ultimately benefit from the purchase but I remain unconvinced that it will benefit Bournemouth and its residents to any degree. antonw
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10:48am Thu 21 Jan 10

bernie@football says...

All this talk about what the local residents want I agree it is a eyesore and should never have been built But all these words about secret negotiations and the approval of the MACLOUGHAN/BEESLEY MAFIA proves again the depths to which politicians either local or national have plummited too Prior to the main council meeting it would have been a first line whip at the local political club
All this talk about what the local residents want I agree it is a eyesore and should never have been built But all these words about secret negotiations and the approval of the MACLOUGHAN/BEESLEY MAFIA proves again the depths to which politicians either local or national have plummited too Prior to the main council meeting it would have been a first line whip at the local political club bernie@football
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11:11am Thu 21 Jan 10

Ef the ref says...

Can anyone tell me what's happened to the casino that was signed into being by the cowardly Liberals on the morning of the last local elections? Is it still going ahead? Has it been built? Is it dead?
Can anyone tell me what's happened to the casino that was signed into being by the cowardly Liberals on the morning of the last local elections? Is it still going ahead? Has it been built? Is it dead? Ef the ref
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11:35am Thu 21 Jan 10

greenhouse says...

Isn't it obvious that what the council and planners will do is build a huge block of flats similar to the one at Boscombe thereby obscuring the wonderful view that we used to enjoy from the cliff top there.
More rates income - satisfy our quota for "homes". I can remember the pier approach baths and greatly appreciated being able to use them. From memory noone thought it was a good idea to pull down the baths to"give us the view"!
Isn't it obvious that what the council and planners will do is build a huge block of flats similar to the one at Boscombe thereby obscuring the wonderful view that we used to enjoy from the cliff top there. More rates income - satisfy our quota for "homes". I can remember the pier approach baths and greatly appreciated being able to use them. From memory noone thought it was a good idea to pull down the baths to"give us the view"! greenhouse
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11:57am Thu 21 Jan 10

Leonard Lodger says...

I for one see this as a Golden opportunity for the people of Bournemouth to be the first in the country if not the whole world to develop a Space Elevator on this site.


Obviously I'm not an expert but in two or three days I will be.


In line with my earlier proposals we should think green on this one. My groundbraking research into wave powered piston generated electricity for Pier lighting and pointles sandbag coastal protection projects stand me in good stead to declare I have the experience and know how to pull this off as project director/bystander with an opinion.

Obviously I dont want any remuneration for my services and will probably, on completion, state it was never my idea and it needs tweaking. But here goes.

We knock down the fly-over and build a giant Ferris wheel that can accomodate over 60's visitors to walk on an internal moving track. The visitors provided with hankerchief hats and a soundtrack of Petula Clarks greatest playing non stop will be encouraged to board thinking they are boarding the Waverly. If enough Northerners walk fast enough, perhaps with an incentive of KFC Bargain Buckets or Ramsdens chips held in front of them just out of reach, they can, in theory, provide the power source and at no extra cost to the local tax payers. The scheme can provide endless hours of entertainment for bored visitors, a cheap meal, keeping them off the Sea Front getting in the way of local cyclists wanting to travel at 60 mph as well as bring positive publicity to the town.

The Space elevator will consist of a long rope held aloft by the electricity generated and the power of aged Fakir meditaion. My research shows that the project is viable, the effect of Fakir mysticism is well docummented in New Zealand I might add.

All I need to complete my preliminary projections is access to a group of old Fakirs.

Ideas anyone????

Wavid Date, Chairman of the Wessex Fakirs Are For Life Not Just Christmas Asociation. Bournemouth.
I for one see this as a Golden opportunity for the people of Bournemouth to be the first in the country if not the whole world to develop a Space Elevator on this site. Obviously I'm not an expert but in two or three days I will be. In line with my earlier proposals we should think green on this one. My groundbraking research into wave powered piston generated electricity for Pier lighting and pointles sandbag coastal protection projects stand me in good stead to declare I have the experience and know how to pull this off as project director/bystander with an opinion. Obviously I dont want any remuneration for my services and will probably, on completion, state it was never my idea and it needs tweaking. But here goes. We knock down the fly-over and build a giant Ferris wheel that can accomodate over 60's visitors to walk on an internal moving track. The visitors provided with hankerchief hats and a soundtrack of Petula Clarks greatest playing non stop will be encouraged to board thinking they are boarding the Waverly. If enough Northerners walk fast enough, perhaps with an incentive of KFC Bargain Buckets or Ramsdens chips held in front of them just out of reach, they can, in theory, provide the power source and at no extra cost to the local tax payers. The scheme can provide endless hours of entertainment for bored visitors, a cheap meal, keeping them off the Sea Front getting in the way of local cyclists wanting to travel at 60 mph as well as bring positive publicity to the town. The Space elevator will consist of a long rope held aloft by the electricity generated and the power of aged Fakir meditaion. My research shows that the project is viable, the effect of Fakir mysticism is well docummented in New Zealand I might add. All I need to complete my preliminary projections is access to a group of old Fakirs. Ideas anyone???? Wavid Date, Chairman of the Wessex Fakirs Are For Life Not Just Christmas Asociation. Bournemouth. Leonard Lodger
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12:25pm Thu 21 Jan 10

Danfox Davies says...

In place of the IMAX, let's have a Southern equivalent of Manchester's URBIS - modern art gallery, shop, offices, leisure, etc...
Furthermore, Bournemouth should probably apply for City status since it's so big.
In place of the IMAX, let's have a Southern equivalent of Manchester's URBIS - modern art gallery, shop, offices, leisure, etc... Furthermore, Bournemouth should probably apply for City status since it's so big. Danfox Davies
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12:46pm Thu 21 Jan 10

Nickolai says...

gd58 wrote:
I wonder if history will repeat itself at this site? Once demolished will it be left to become a tatty car park as it was after the Pier Approach baths were demolished? Were we not promised a similar development at the Winter Gardens site which has become,yes you guessed it, a car park?!
Nothing wrong with that old tatty car park !
We used to all go down there after Madisons and Remix had kicked out - raving till dawn, happy days !
[quote][p][bold]gd58[/bold] wrote: I wonder if history will repeat itself at this site? Once demolished will it be left to become a tatty car park as it was after the Pier Approach baths were demolished? Were we not promised a similar development at the Winter Gardens site which has become,yes you guessed it, a car park?![/p][/quote]Nothing wrong with that old tatty car park ! We used to all go down there after Madisons and Remix had kicked out - raving till dawn, happy days ! Nickolai
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12:48pm Thu 21 Jan 10

Skono says...

Well I am glad to see that Mr **** himself has finally strapped on a set of danglers, that I suspect he purchased from a store on Holdenhurst Road and has finally done something right for a change.

Of course knowing their stratospheric stupidity of truly biblical proportions they will now no doubt spend a further £27,000,000 on a yacht marina made from toffee.
Well I am glad to see that Mr **** himself has finally strapped on a set of danglers, that I suspect he purchased from a store on Holdenhurst Road and has finally done something right for a change. Of course knowing their stratospheric stupidity of truly biblical proportions they will now no doubt spend a further £27,000,000 on a yacht marina made from toffee. Skono
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1:20pm Thu 21 Jan 10

Gastines says...

Residents that will end up paying for the LEASE of the site should would do well to consider what revenue the VIEW will bring in, may I suggest none. As it now seems the deal has been done I can only hope that the legal department made a better job of the small print than with the Surf reef contract?Instead of paying horrendous fees to some chosen Consultants perhaps the Council should approach the local Uni and ask the relevant Architecture and Art students for some ideas for enhancing the existing structure.That might even encourage new commercial interest and appease the locals. No need for the Hemingways,a payment to the Uni ,+ prize for the winning ideas might be a step in the right direction and somebody showing some initiative from the Council,for a change.This may only occur if the decisions have not already been made of course.
Residents that will end up paying for the LEASE of the site should would do well to consider what revenue the VIEW will bring in, may I suggest none. As it now seems the deal has been done I can only hope that the legal department made a better job of the small print than with the Surf reef contract?Instead of paying horrendous fees to some chosen Consultants perhaps the Council should approach the local Uni and ask the relevant Architecture and Art students for some ideas for enhancing the existing structure.That might even encourage new commercial interest and appease the locals. No need for the Hemingways,a payment to the Uni ,+ prize for the winning ideas might be a step in the right direction and somebody showing some initiative from the Council,for a change.This may only occur if the decisions have not already been made of course. Gastines
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1:31pm Thu 21 Jan 10

time nor Tide says...

not quite on topic but i think relevent -Here is the part of the contract made with the surfers and people of bournemouth that shows what the reef was built for and would do. Its the wave tank test that everyone expected would be scaled up to full size for 3.6million pounds - so the existing reef can be tweeked and then signed off for final payment when its doing what this tankwave does?
http://www.youtube.c

om/watch?v=I32YYoH2I

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its not too much to expect that should not change? Leonard and bob49 , you are not suggesting that this wavetank was just a guise and trick to gain peoples confidence are you? I guess it may not be possible to have the real thing behave this way consistantly to be a relevent amenity? If that is the case then something may be amiss in the state of denmark?
you have got to admit it was a "classic sting" everyone taken "hook line and sinker" and a local inside man banging on for years totally besotted by the team? Then an almost perfect cover of being a legitimate enterprise -it actually may still qualify for that except ... it takes all and gives nothing except excuses and asking for more?
not quite on topic but i think relevent -Here is the part of the contract made with the surfers and people of bournemouth that shows what the reef was built for and would do. Its the wave tank test that everyone expected would be scaled up to full size for 3.6million pounds - so the existing reef can be tweeked and then signed off for final payment when its doing what this tankwave does? http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=I32YYoH2I g0 its not too much to expect that should not change? Leonard and bob49 , you are not suggesting that this wavetank was just a guise and trick to gain peoples confidence are you? I guess it may not be possible to have the real thing behave this way consistantly to be a relevent amenity? If that is the case then something may be amiss in the state of denmark? you have got to admit it was a "classic sting" everyone taken "hook line and sinker" and a local inside man banging on for years totally besotted by the team? Then an almost perfect cover of being a legitimate enterprise -it actually may still qualify for that except ... it takes all and gives nothing except excuses and asking for more? time nor Tide
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2:49pm Thu 21 Jan 10

dayjon says...

the imax should have been kept as an imax, now we will have another derelict site to add to bournemouth,or worse another car park, and what is all this rubish about the view , for god sake get out your cars and have a walk to see the view, i am afraid bournemouth will never be a so called world class resort ( have you seen the top resorts on the continent) it seems as if the residends want this town to remain in a time warp , have a look at all the failed plans for this town which are many.
the imax should have been kept as an imax, now we will have another derelict site to add to bournemouth,or worse another car park, and what is all this rubish about the view , for god sake get out your cars and have a walk to see the view, i am afraid bournemouth will never be a so called world class resort ( have you seen the top resorts on the continent) it seems as if the residends want this town to remain in a time warp , have a look at all the failed plans for this town which are many. dayjon
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5:09pm Thu 21 Jan 10

Avengerboy says...

What a moronic decision, have the pensioners taken over the asylum?
What a moronic decision, have the pensioners taken over the asylum? Avengerboy
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5:25pm Thu 21 Jan 10

Haggis22 says...

Leonard Lodger wrote:
I for one see this as a Golden opportunity for the people of Bournemouth to be the first in the country if not the whole world to develop a Space Elevator on this site. Obviously I'm not an expert but in two or three days I will be. In line with my earlier proposals we should think green on this one. My groundbraking research into wave powered piston generated electricity for Pier lighting and pointles sandbag coastal protection projects stand me in good stead to declare I have the experience and know how to pull this off as project director/bystander with an opinion. Obviously I dont want any remuneration for my services and will probably, on completion, state it was never my idea and it needs tweaking. But here goes. We knock down the fly-over and build a giant Ferris wheel that can accomodate over 60's visitors to walk on an internal moving track. The visitors provided with hankerchief hats and a soundtrack of Petula Clarks greatest playing non stop will be encouraged to board thinking they are boarding the Waverly. If enough Northerners walk fast enough, perhaps with an incentive of KFC Bargain Buckets or Ramsdens chips held in front of them just out of reach, they can, in theory, provide the power source and at no extra cost to the local tax payers. The scheme can provide endless hours of entertainment for bored visitors, a cheap meal, keeping them off the Sea Front getting in the way of local cyclists wanting to travel at 60 mph as well as bring positive publicity to the town. The Space elevator will consist of a long rope held aloft by the electricity generated and the power of aged Fakir meditaion. My research shows that the project is viable, the effect of Fakir mysticism is well docummented in New Zealand I might add. All I need to complete my preliminary projections is access to a group of old Fakirs. Ideas anyone???? Wavid Date, Chairman of the Wessex Fakirs Are For Life Not Just Christmas Asociation. Bournemouth.
You sir, strike me as a genius philanthropist with an entrepreneurial talent that deserves world recognition.........
.... and like most, seem slightly touched by madness. Your proposition excites and terrifies me in equal measure !! Pass me my hankerchief and flip on Pet's greatest, I've always loved the Waverly
[quote][p][bold]Leonard Lodger[/bold] wrote: I for one see this as a Golden opportunity for the people of Bournemouth to be the first in the country if not the whole world to develop a Space Elevator on this site. Obviously I'm not an expert but in two or three days I will be. In line with my earlier proposals we should think green on this one. My groundbraking research into wave powered piston generated electricity for Pier lighting and pointles sandbag coastal protection projects stand me in good stead to declare I have the experience and know how to pull this off as project director/bystander with an opinion. Obviously I dont want any remuneration for my services and will probably, on completion, state it was never my idea and it needs tweaking. But here goes. We knock down the fly-over and build a giant Ferris wheel that can accomodate over 60's visitors to walk on an internal moving track. The visitors provided with hankerchief hats and a soundtrack of Petula Clarks greatest playing non stop will be encouraged to board thinking they are boarding the Waverly. If enough Northerners walk fast enough, perhaps with an incentive of KFC Bargain Buckets or Ramsdens chips held in front of them just out of reach, they can, in theory, provide the power source and at no extra cost to the local tax payers. The scheme can provide endless hours of entertainment for bored visitors, a cheap meal, keeping them off the Sea Front getting in the way of local cyclists wanting to travel at 60 mph as well as bring positive publicity to the town. The Space elevator will consist of a long rope held aloft by the electricity generated and the power of aged Fakir meditaion. My research shows that the project is viable, the effect of Fakir mysticism is well docummented in New Zealand I might add. All I need to complete my preliminary projections is access to a group of old Fakirs. Ideas anyone???? Wavid Date, Chairman of the Wessex Fakirs Are For Life Not Just Christmas Asociation. Bournemouth.[/p][/quote]You sir, strike me as a genius philanthropist with an entrepreneurial talent that deserves world recognition......... .... and like most, seem slightly touched by madness. Your proposition excites and terrifies me in equal measure !! Pass me my hankerchief and flip on Pet's greatest, I've always loved the Waverly Haggis22
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6:26pm Thu 21 Jan 10

bkiddus says...

The biggest problem that this site has, is that with nothing built on it at all, it provides such a fantastic view.

There will always be people like Megnon who are unable to recognise this. This is too valuable a site to put daft money losing ventures like ice rinks and swimming pools, we used to have a full time ice rink, it closed because it made no money!!. I was one of the VERY few people who used to use the old BIC pool, but I have to admit I have enjoyed seeing many bands there, that would never have come to Bournemouth when the venue was smaller. The council doesn't have a great track record with these sort of projects, but the BIC has been a success. The surf reef was obviously not going to bring any real money to the town, personally I would have liked to have seen a Marina there, that could have bought huge numbers of jobs, but would never have got past the eco-brigade.

Actually the wave roof of the IMAX is a good design but no one could see it as it was on top of a huge warehouse of a building. Maybe they could just take two floors out of it and lower the roof so you could actually see it :-). Then just use it as a flexible space for an arts centre.
The biggest problem that this site has, is that with nothing built on it at all, it provides such a fantastic view. There will always be people like Megnon who are unable to recognise this. This is too valuable a site to put daft money losing ventures like ice rinks and swimming pools, we used to have a full time ice rink, it closed because it made no money!!. I was one of the VERY few people who used to use the old BIC pool, but I have to admit I have enjoyed seeing many bands there, that would never have come to Bournemouth when the venue was smaller. The council doesn't have a great track record with these sort of projects, but the BIC has been a success. The surf reef was obviously not going to bring any real money to the town, personally I would have liked to have seen a Marina there, that could have bought huge numbers of jobs, but would never have got past the eco-brigade. Actually the wave roof of the IMAX is a good design but no one could see it as it was on top of a huge warehouse of a building. Maybe they could just take two floors out of it and lower the roof so you could actually see it :-). Then just use it as a flexible space for an arts centre. bkiddus
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7:21pm Thu 21 Jan 10

chaisara says...

Swimming pool, Turkish baths, a view of the Purbeck's as you take the bus down Bath Hill - a view to brighten everyone's day. A stunning approach to Bournemouth.
Swimming pool, Turkish baths, a view of the Purbeck's as you take the bus down Bath Hill - a view to brighten everyone's day. A stunning approach to Bournemouth. chaisara
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7:21pm Thu 21 Jan 10

chaisara says...

Swimming pool, Turkish baths, a view of the Purbeck's as you take the bus down Bath Hill - a view to brighten everyone's day. A stunning approach to Bournemouth.
Swimming pool, Turkish baths, a view of the Purbeck's as you take the bus down Bath Hill - a view to brighten everyone's day. A stunning approach to Bournemouth. chaisara
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7:21pm Thu 21 Jan 10

chaisara says...

Swimming pool, Turkish baths, a view of the Purbeck's as you take the bus down Bath Hill - a view to brighten everyone's day. A stunning approach to Bournemouth.
Swimming pool, Turkish baths, a view of the Purbeck's as you take the bus down Bath Hill - a view to brighten everyone's day. A stunning approach to Bournemouth. chaisara
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7:21pm Thu 21 Jan 10

chaisara says...

Swimming pool, Turkish baths, a view of the Purbeck's as you take the bus down Bath Hill - a view to brighten everyone's day. A stunning approach to Bournemouth.
Swimming pool, Turkish baths, a view of the Purbeck's as you take the bus down Bath Hill - a view to brighten everyone's day. A stunning approach to Bournemouth. chaisara
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7:21pm Thu 21 Jan 10

chaisara says...

Swimming pool, Turkish baths, a view of the Purbeck's as you take the bus down Bath Hill - a view to brighten everyone's day. A stunning approach to Bournemouth.
Swimming pool, Turkish baths, a view of the Purbeck's as you take the bus down Bath Hill - a view to brighten everyone's day. A stunning approach to Bournemouth. chaisara
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7:21pm Thu 21 Jan 10

chaisara says...

Swimming pool, Turkish baths, a view of the Purbeck's as you take the bus down Bath Hill - a view to brighten everyone's day. A stunning approach to Bournemouth.
Swimming pool, Turkish baths, a view of the Purbeck's as you take the bus down Bath Hill - a view to brighten everyone's day. A stunning approach to Bournemouth. chaisara
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7:21pm Thu 21 Jan 10

chaisara says...

Swimming pool, Turkish baths, a view of the Purbeck's as you take the bus down Bath Hill - a view to brighten everyone's day. A stunning approach to Bournemouth.
Swimming pool, Turkish baths, a view of the Purbeck's as you take the bus down Bath Hill - a view to brighten everyone's day. A stunning approach to Bournemouth. chaisara
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7:21pm Thu 21 Jan 10

chaisara says...

Swimming pool, Turkish baths, a view of the Purbeck's as you take the bus down Bath Hill - a view to brighten everyone's day. A stunning approach to Bournemouth.
Swimming pool, Turkish baths, a view of the Purbeck's as you take the bus down Bath Hill - a view to brighten everyone's day. A stunning approach to Bournemouth. chaisara
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7:30pm Thu 21 Jan 10

chaisara says...

A pension fund mmm!
A pension fund mmm! chaisara
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8:13pm Thu 21 Jan 10

Wimborneflyer says...

I couldn't care less if the Imax stayed or got pulled down.
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I don't care about the blocked view as I would never choose to go to Bournemouth pier area - unless I was a tourist, which I am not.
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I go to Hengisbury. The sand is just the same but there are less screaming kids there and idiot cyclists there.
I couldn't care less if the Imax stayed or got pulled down. . I don't care about the blocked view as I would never choose to go to Bournemouth pier area - unless I was a tourist, which I am not. . I go to Hengisbury. The sand is just the same but there are less screaming kids there and idiot cyclists there. Wimborneflyer
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8:23pm Thu 21 Jan 10

time nor Tide says...

Haggis22 wrote:
Leonard Lodger wrote: I for one see this as a Golden opportunity for the people of Bournemouth to be the first in the country if not the whole world to develop a Space Elevator on this site. Obviously I'm not an expert but in two or three days I will be. In line with my earlier proposals we should think green on this one. My groundbraking research into wave powered piston generated electricity for Pier lighting and pointles sandbag coastal protection projects stand me in good stead to declare I have the experience and know how to pull this off as project director/bystander with an opinion. Obviously I dont want any remuneration for my services and will probably, on completion, state it was never my idea and it needs tweaking. But here goes. We knock down the fly-over and build a giant Ferris wheel that can accomodate over 60's visitors to walk on an internal moving track. The visitors provided with hankerchief hats and a soundtrack of Petula Clarks greatest playing non stop will be encouraged to board thinking they are boarding the Waverly. If enough Northerners walk fast enough, perhaps with an incentive of KFC Bargain Buckets or Ramsdens chips held in front of them just out of reach, they can, in theory, provide the power source and at no extra cost to the local tax payers. The scheme can provide endless hours of entertainment for bored visitors, a cheap meal, keeping them off the Sea Front getting in the way of local cyclists wanting to travel at 60 mph as well as bring positive publicity to the town. The Space elevator will consist of a long rope held aloft by the electricity generated and the power of aged Fakir meditaion. My research shows that the project is viable, the effect of Fakir mysticism is well docummented in New Zealand I might add. All I need to complete my preliminary projections is access to a group of old Fakirs. Ideas anyone???? Wavid Date, Chairman of the Wessex Fakirs Are For Life Not Just Christmas Asociation. Bournemouth.
You sir, strike me as a genius philanthropist with an entrepreneurial talent that deserves world recognition......... .... and like most, seem slightly touched by madness. Your proposition excites and terrifies me in equal measure !! Pass me my hankerchief and flip on Pet's greatest, I've always loved the Waverly
leonard4lordprotecto
r! Bring on the revolution, he surely must be a descendent of Oliver Cromwell with such leadership traits showing. Where is the rottenfruit4thefakir
s. Wait a minute self levitation has never been discredited - its just never been tweaked and demonstrated properly. Wait a minute again - a self levitating group of kiwi fakirs demonstrated to a entire town how high they could all get on thinking they could be the first on the block with the flavour of the month - all self levitated as the coins were picked from their pockets relieving them of their excess weight. Its now a candidate for an award of "best tryon of the last millenia" common down team and get your just desserts ! if you really want to have a lot of fun - look back through the video inteviews of the team that bought you these adventures . The "confidence instilling words" coming from their mouths is enough to hang them all. "i dont get paid if this doesnt work" -lie! you got paid excessively well and it doesnt work. "Dust off your surfboards as the reef has already been making waves and will be soon finished" - lie as it will never be tweaked enough to be finished and surfboards are not suitable craft on it. "im going to get ready for my surfing lessons" - stupid and naive as you will drown if you go near it, if you want surfing lessons go to somewhere that has warm water all year round, has small waves all year round and has a long established surfing tradition - maybe Waikiki Hawaii? "We are cooperating with the EU to rollout this sucess throughout Europe" - perhaps a rear guard action whilst assets get put under shelter as the walls of deception are crumpling and the games almost up? nutters all? except some now are wealthy nutters? dooowntown4them?
[quote][p][bold]Haggis22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Leonard Lodger[/bold] wrote: I for one see this as a Golden opportunity for the people of Bournemouth to be the first in the country if not the whole world to develop a Space Elevator on this site. Obviously I'm not an expert but in two or three days I will be. In line with my earlier proposals we should think green on this one. My groundbraking research into wave powered piston generated electricity for Pier lighting and pointles sandbag coastal protection projects stand me in good stead to declare I have the experience and know how to pull this off as project director/bystander with an opinion. Obviously I dont want any remuneration for my services and will probably, on completion, state it was never my idea and it needs tweaking. But here goes. We knock down the fly-over and build a giant Ferris wheel that can accomodate over 60's visitors to walk on an internal moving track. The visitors provided with hankerchief hats and a soundtrack of Petula Clarks greatest playing non stop will be encouraged to board thinking they are boarding the Waverly. If enough Northerners walk fast enough, perhaps with an incentive of KFC Bargain Buckets or Ramsdens chips held in front of them just out of reach, they can, in theory, provide the power source and at no extra cost to the local tax payers. The scheme can provide endless hours of entertainment for bored visitors, a cheap meal, keeping them off the Sea Front getting in the way of local cyclists wanting to travel at 60 mph as well as bring positive publicity to the town. The Space elevator will consist of a long rope held aloft by the electricity generated and the power of aged Fakir meditaion. My research shows that the project is viable, the effect of Fakir mysticism is well docummented in New Zealand I might add. All I need to complete my preliminary projections is access to a group of old Fakirs. Ideas anyone???? Wavid Date, Chairman of the Wessex Fakirs Are For Life Not Just Christmas Asociation. Bournemouth.[/p][/quote]You sir, strike me as a genius philanthropist with an entrepreneurial talent that deserves world recognition......... .... and like most, seem slightly touched by madness. Your proposition excites and terrifies me in equal measure !! Pass me my hankerchief and flip on Pet's greatest, I've always loved the Waverly[/p][/quote]leonard4lordprotecto r! Bring on the revolution, he surely must be a descendent of Oliver Cromwell with such leadership traits showing. Where is the rottenfruit4thefakir s. Wait a minute self levitation has never been discredited - its just never been tweaked and demonstrated properly. Wait a minute again - a self levitating group of kiwi fakirs demonstrated to a entire town how high they could all get on thinking they could be the first on the block with the flavour of the month - all self levitated as the coins were picked from their pockets relieving them of their excess weight. Its now a candidate for an award of "best tryon of the last millenia" common down team and get your just desserts ! if you really want to have a lot of fun - look back through the video inteviews of the team that bought you these adventures . The "confidence instilling words" coming from their mouths is enough to hang them all. "i dont get paid if this doesnt work" -lie! you got paid excessively well and it doesnt work. "Dust off your surfboards as the reef has already been making waves and will be soon finished" - lie as it will never be tweaked enough to be finished and surfboards are not suitable craft on it. "im going to get ready for my surfing lessons" - stupid and naive as you will drown if you go near it, if you want surfing lessons go to somewhere that has warm water all year round, has small waves all year round and has a long established surfing tradition - maybe Waikiki Hawaii? "We are cooperating with the EU to rollout this sucess throughout Europe" - perhaps a rear guard action whilst assets get put under shelter as the walls of deception are crumpling and the games almost up? nutters all? except some now are wealthy nutters? dooowntown4them? time nor Tide
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6:20am Fri 22 Jan 10

T39 says...

What I can't figure out is why, with the exception of a very few people whose view from their apartments in obscured by this ghastly building, everyone else is making such a big deal of the IMAX?
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How many people actually spend their whole day stood on the pavement outside the Royal Bath Hotel, trying to see the Purbecks? Does anyone see what I'm getting at here?
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So the view from the bus on the journey to work might be spoiled. Is that such a big deal?
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.Once you are on the beach the IMAX does not obscure your view of anything.
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And it sure doesn't stop the tourists
visiting Bournemouth does it? They still come here in their droves.
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So, WHY ALL THE FUSS?
What I can't figure out is why, with the exception of a very few people whose view from their apartments in obscured by this ghastly building, everyone else is making such a big deal of the IMAX? . . How many people actually spend their whole day stood on the pavement outside the Royal Bath Hotel, trying to see the Purbecks? Does anyone see what I'm getting at here? . . So the view from the bus on the journey to work might be spoiled. Is that such a big deal? . .Once you are on the beach the IMAX does not obscure your view of anything. . . And it sure doesn't stop the tourists visiting Bournemouth does it? They still come here in their droves. .. So, WHY ALL THE FUSS? T39
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6:56pm Fri 22 Jan 10

Borninbournemouth says...

I would like to see a gold domed Mosque and four minarets in its place
I would like to see a gold domed Mosque and four minarets in its place Borninbournemouth
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10:24am Tue 2 Feb 10

planetf1 says...

I'm from Southampton & was just looking to see where the nearest IMAX was.

Not knowing the building & not having used it's facilities I can't comment too much, however as has been pointed out above 2010 could be "the year of 3D"

Sky is launching a 3D service, many TV manufacturers are lauching/demo-ing sets, more films are in 3D.

Surely pulling down the IMAX just at the time the medium has the potential to really take off is short sighted?

I'd certainly drive down from Southampton to see Avatar at the IMAX, and I expect there's many more movies to follow.

Having said that I guess the council's been burnt before, and where does the income come in-between.
I'm from Southampton & was just looking to see where the nearest IMAX was. Not knowing the building & not having used it's facilities I can't comment too much, however as has been pointed out above 2010 could be "the year of 3D" Sky is launching a 3D service, many TV manufacturers are lauching/demo-ing sets, more films are in 3D. Surely pulling down the IMAX just at the time the medium has the potential to really take off is short sighted? I'd certainly drive down from Southampton to see Avatar at the IMAX, and I expect there's many more movies to follow. Having said that I guess the council's been burnt before, and where does the income come in-between. planetf1
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