Prep work set to start on site of Grantham’s new £5 million cinema

Councillors Jacky Smith and Matthew Lee (leader of SKDC) outside the site of the multiplex cinema planned for Grantham.
Councillors Jacky Smith and Matthew Lee (leader of SKDC) outside the site of the multiplex cinema planned for Grantham.

A hoarding has gone up outside the site of the new multiplex cinema to be built in Grantham, with the local authority behind the scheme hoping it will “signal a colourful future” for the development.

South Kesteven District Council is behind the £5 million project to build a six-screen cinema plus restaurant and office space.

The signs went up on Wednesday as the first step towards the new complex on St Catherine’s Road.

Archeologists move on to the St Catherine’s Road car park site on Monday to start exploratory excavations. It means that the car park to the rear of the Tollemache Inn will be closed to allow trenching and investigation.

Councillor Jacky Smith, cabinet member with responsibility for major development projects, said: “I’m delighted that activity is about to begin on the site. Our area is steeped in history, so this first step is very much looking to the past by investigating the archaeology of the site.

“We can then begin looking towards the future and a fantastic new, and long awaited, facility for Grantham and the surrounding area.”

SKDC expects the car park, which is used by the public on evenings and weekends, to remain closed for up to three weeks.