High Street Focus Team have received a number of inquiries from concerned residents following the delivery of a Labour leaflet in High Street ward.
Under the banner ‘Fighting to save Walthamstow’s EMD cinema’ Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Walthamstow asks residents to “join [her] and McGuffins at the council planning hearing in January as we demonstrate against plans to close our cinema.”
In response to an inquiry from High Street ward Councillor, James O’Rourke, the Councils planning department confirmed that there is no planning committee in January and stated “There are still a number of issues for discussion with the applicants and their agents and we are still reviewing all the responses from statutory, non statutory groups and residents. Once matters progress further we will be in a better position to consider a Committee date.”
In a joint statement Cllr O’Rourke and Council Deputy Leader, Cllr John Macklin, said:
“This is yet more Labour misinformation and maneuvering to add to that which has taken place over a number of years and has fed such confusion and dismay amongst residents.”
“We have had a number of meetings with the UCKG and independent cinema operators and a cinema at the EMD is our preferred option.”