A petition has gone online to save Elephant and Castle's legendary Coronet theatre from closure.
The venue, which has a long history as part of London's great gigs spaces, has had it's future cast into doubt by the local council and the lease holder. If the landlord Delancey chooses to not renew the lease and the council fail to commit, then the Coronet will close in November 2015 when time is up.
Currently the petition has collected around 2,500 signatures and states that there are plans for £2million of improvements to the site. These include plans to “bring events such as BBC Radio 2 recordings south of the river". None of these can go ahead without a renewed lease however.
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"The proposed regeneration of the Elephant and Castle has been planned for some time and is now getting well underway," said Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transport. "Both the council and local people are behind redevelopment, which includes the new leisure centre, new homes and public spaces. We want to maintain the Elephant's unique character, sense of community and vibrancy and will do what we can to preserve this."
"We are continuing discussions with The Coronet and, although we are unable to offer any guarantees as Southwark Council is not their landlord, we will continue to work with them on their future plans."
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