Application to tear down Hornchurch’s Mecca Bingo decided this week

PUBLISHED: 10:43 28 June 2016 | UPDATED: 11:07 28 June 2016

Mecca Bingo, High Street, Hornchurch

Mecca Bingo, High Street, Hornchurch


The fate of a historic bingo hall should be sealed this week as a planning application to tear down the building has been recommended for approval.

The application to demolish the Mecca Bingo hall in Hornchurch, submitted by budget supermarket chain Lidl, does not include details of any proposed redevelopment.

It will be voted on by the regulatory service committee at Havering Town Hall on Thursday.

This comes after Havering Council granted the High Street Tower Cinema community asset status earlier this month following an application from residents.

Campaigners will be presenting their case to transform the art deco building into a community hub in a last bid to save it.

They will set-out their vision for the 1930s hall, which under community management could remain a bingo hall, a cinema and a social club.

The bingo hall was bought by budget supermarket Lidl last September for just over £8million.

Transforming the historic hall into a community space is the last resort for residents trying to save the building from demolition after an application to give it listed status was refused earlier this year.

This means residents will have six months to bid to buy the building if Lidl decides to sell it.

But the community asset status does not directly prevent the demolition of the hall.

A Facebook page set-up by campaigners has gathered more than 830 members in favour of protecting the building.

Havering Council had served an Article 4 Directions on the 81-year-old building to prevent it being knocked down before a decision was made by the council’s committee after Lidl bought the site.

The meeting will take place at Havering Town Hall on Thursday at 7.30pm.

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