Luxor building community asset bid refused

The Luxor Cinema after it was almost destroyed by fire in August. Picture: Neil Godfrey

The Luxor Cinema after it was almost destroyed by fire in August. Picture: Neil Godfrey

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A bid to make the derelict Luxor cinema an asset of community value has been rejected.

Being an asset of community value would have given the community a say if the building was ever put up for sale.

The proposal put forward by Lancing Parish Council and backed by a petition signed by hundreds was refused at an Adur and Worthing council meeting, in which the committee concluded: “The building does not, and is not likely within the foreseeable future, to benefit or further the social or community wellbeing of the area.

“Whilst the external fabric of the building is a local landmark, the current owners are keen to retain the structure and are investing in a residential conversion of the building.”

But parish councillors remain hopeful that the building’s ‘iconic’ art deco exterior will be preserved,

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