The Hurricane Room in Highams Park will close on August 24 after the lease was purchased by the freehold owner

The Regal Club in Highams Park has 3,000 members and 700 regular monthly visitors

The Regal Club in Highams Park has 3,000 members and 700 regular monthly visitors

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An established snooker club of 25 years is set to close after the lease was sold on for redevelopment.

The owner of the Hurricane Room, also known as The Regal Club in Beech Hall Road, Highams Park, has said he is "devastated" by the recent news.

Total Security Services (TSS) purchased the former cinema and adjacent restaurant Shelz in 2013 with the aim of turning the derelict buildings into the company's headquarters.

Despite owning the freehold to the locally listed site, leaseholders Regal London Ltd held a 15-year lease until 2021, and the franchise was bought by Adrian Bullock in 2011.

The lease has now been purchased by TSS Managing Director Ricky Gardezi and Mr Bullock's agreement with Regal London Ltd has been terminated.

For more on this story see next week's Waltham Forest Guardian and Chingford Guardian.

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7:51pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

An iconic building soon to be destroyed.
An iconic building soon to be destroyed. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -3

10:18pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Howard Wolowitz says...

No it isn't being destroyed, it is getting a facelift and being put to a good use.
No it isn't being destroyed, it is getting a facelift and being put to a good use. Howard Wolowitz
  • Score: -4

11:56pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Jenny highams park says...

A facelift? Flags on the top and resembling an ikea store, hardly the kind of facelift that the building requires! At least the snooker hall was used by locals and enjoyed. The traffic and parking issues this new development will cause will be dreadful and it isn't in keeping with a small local area. But no surprise that they've pushed the regal out after saying several times that they would keep it.
A facelift? Flags on the top and resembling an ikea store, hardly the kind of facelift that the building requires! At least the snooker hall was used by locals and enjoyed. The traffic and parking issues this new development will cause will be dreadful and it isn't in keeping with a small local area. But no surprise that they've pushed the regal out after saying several times that they would keep it. Jenny highams park
  • Score: 5

11:27am Fri 27 Jun 14

jonny mash says...

Lord Sebastian Coe of Saint Ratford needs to step in here. This is not the Olympic legacy that we were promised
Lord Sebastian Coe of Saint Ratford needs to step in here. This is not the Olympic legacy that we were promised jonny mash
  • Score: 0

5:10pm Fri 27 Jun 14

GavinQ says...

...shame it couldn't have been restored back to a cinema it all its glory, using the original plans, but with state of the art equipment...mebbe then a restaurant next door could've survived and boosted the local pubs a bit... Royal Oak anyone...?
...shame it couldn't have been restored back to a cinema it all its glory, using the original plans, but with state of the art equipment...mebbe then a restaurant next door could've survived and boosted the local pubs a bit... Royal Oak anyone...? GavinQ
  • Score: 0

8:31pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Gray Chingford says...

i bet they will knock the back of the cinema down and just leave the front part standing as this is listed
i bet they will knock the back of the cinema down and just leave the front part standing as this is listed Gray Chingford
  • Score: -1

7:08am Sat 28 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

Gray Chingford wrote:
i bet they will knock the back of the cinema down and just leave the front part standing as this is listed
This is all a facade.
[quote][p][bold]Gray Chingford[/bold] wrote: i bet they will knock the back of the cinema down and just leave the front part standing as this is listed[/p][/quote]This is all a facade. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -3

7:12pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Nanki Poo says...

Mr Cranberry, that is possibly the only thing you ever said that made me giggle.

More of this kind of thing.

nK
Mr Cranberry, that is possibly the only thing you ever said that made me giggle. More of this kind of thing. nK Nanki Poo
  • Score: -3

1:02pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Chris Gill says...

Actually the Regal Is barely being used for much more than a ruse to get better public opinion. The costs of developing the Regal are too great so all they are using it for is a foyer the rest of the building will be left to ruin.
The snooker hall are being moved on as their licence dictates they have to use a smoking area to the rear of the building and the exit to the front at night. this would get in the way of Mr Gardezi and TSS plans to turn our high street into their own business park.
So much for their pathetic statements that this development will benefit our community. Seems the greed of Mr Gardezi and TSS out weighs their notions of community spirit.
Actually the Regal Is barely being used for much more than a ruse to get better public opinion. The costs of developing the Regal are too great so all they are using it for is a foyer the rest of the building will be left to ruin. The snooker hall are being moved on as their licence dictates they have to use a smoking area to the rear of the building and the exit to the front at night. this would get in the way of Mr Gardezi and TSS plans to turn our high street into their own business park. So much for their pathetic statements that this development will benefit our community. Seems the greed of Mr Gardezi and TSS out weighs their notions of community spirit. Chris Gill
  • Score: 1

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