Will Gala Bingo in Spital Street, Dartford, be turned into a church?

Council leader Councillor Jeremy Kite warned against jumping to conclusions about the site

Council leader Councillor Jeremy Kite warned against jumping to conclusions about the site

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The bingo hall in Dartford could turn into a church after a property consultant advertised it for £3 million.

Gala Bingo in Spital Street has been taken on by a company, Alex Martin Property, which specialises in selling commercial buildings to faith groups.

The building which boasts more than 18,000 sq metres of space, was formerly a cinema and has been owned by Gala Bingo since 1991.

Acquisitions expert Alex Hudson admitted he was "walking on eggshells" in regards to the potential sale but said "negotiations are at an advanced stage".

He said: "I knew of several faith groups which would be interested so I approached Gala about it.

"There’s definite interest - I’ve had conversations with faith groups and there’s two local ones which are interested and another one from south-east London.

"The building is not officially on the market but negotiations are at an advanced stage and the staff know about the situation.

"There’s just not enough space for churches so they get pushed further and further out."

The document says: "The building is not listed but it is a conservation area however as the local authority are very flexible in this regard."

Alex Martin Property has estimated it will fit around 200 worshippers inside.

Council leader Councillor Jeremy Kite said: "There is a big difference between someone putting it up for sale and the business stopping. I think we need to see what Gala say. 

"Three million pounds seems to be an awful lot of money. 

"The staff have told me it’s business as usual. We have to be careful about using the word ‘closure’.

"My concern is about the staff -they’re a good employer. I don’t want to speculate too much. 

"It’s all a bit strange. It may be a bit of a market testing exercise. 

"If it does go, I’d be sorry to see it go. I’ve played bingo there myself before and enjoyed it."

A Gala pokeswoman confirmed the building has not been sold but said there have been discussions about the freehold. 

TIMELINE OF THE SITE

1935 Opens as the State cinema

1949 Building is renamed the Granada

1968 Serious flooding damages the Compton organ, and it is later repaired and sold

1975 Becomes the Granada Social Club

199 Gala Bingo Club takes over the building 

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2:38pm Fri 22 Aug 14

chris8210 says...

Great, another Freedom Centre just like the one in Welling
Great, another Freedom Centre just like the one in Welling chris8210
  • Score: 25

8:10pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Gypo.Joe says...

chris8210 wrote:
Great, another Freedom Centre just like the one in Welling
AND ?

Put ya money where ya mouth is boi and buy it yaself. Ya can do what ya like wiv it then sonny.

THAnK YoU
[quote][p][bold]chris8210[/bold] wrote: Great, another Freedom Centre just like the one in Welling[/p][/quote]AND ? Put ya money where ya mouth is boi and buy it yaself. Ya can do what ya like wiv it then sonny. THAnK YoU Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -10

8:31pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Cet2514 says...

This is going to have a impact on the community of people who use this venue. This is a town centre, we already have a large faith gathering at the old Downs school, we do not require any other faith in town. This is just about money. DBC will do nothing it will come. Another nail in the coffin for Dartford Town Centre.
This is going to have a impact on the community of people who use this venue. This is a town centre, we already have a large faith gathering at the old Downs school, we do not require any other faith in town. This is just about money. DBC will do nothing it will come. Another nail in the coffin for Dartford Town Centre. Cet2514
  • Score: 16

9:04pm Fri 22 Aug 14

swanleyperson says...

Better then a mosque. Or a place gypo joe can put his caravan. Got too have internet access mind he loves his newsshopper
Better then a mosque. Or a place gypo joe can put his caravan. Got too have internet access mind he loves his newsshopper swanleyperson
  • Score: 14

11:35am Sat 23 Aug 14

Gypo.Joe says...

swanleyperson wrote:
Better then a mosque. Or a place gypo joe can put his caravan. Got too have internet access mind he loves his newsshopper
Oh the irony.

Swanley !!

Nuff said.
[quote][p][bold]swanleyperson[/bold] wrote: Better then a mosque. Or a place gypo joe can put his caravan. Got too have internet access mind he loves his newsshopper[/p][/quote]Oh the irony. Swanley !! Nuff said. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -9

1:41pm Sat 23 Aug 14

swanleyperson says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
swanleyperson wrote:
Better then a mosque. Or a place gypo joe can put his caravan. Got too have internet access mind he loves his newsshopper
Oh the irony.

Swanley !!

Nuff said.
I dont do my irony. My mum does it for me.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swanleyperson[/bold] wrote: Better then a mosque. Or a place gypo joe can put his caravan. Got too have internet access mind he loves his newsshopper[/p][/quote]Oh the irony. Swanley !! Nuff said.[/p][/quote]I dont do my irony. My mum does it for me. swanleyperson
  • Score: 7

11:22am Mon 25 Aug 14

Gypo.Joe says...

swanleyperson wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
swanleyperson wrote:
Better then a mosque. Or a place gypo joe can put his caravan. Got too have internet access mind he loves his newsshopper
Oh the irony.

Swanley !!

Nuff said.
I dont do my irony. My mum does it for me.
By the look of some of the degenerates walking around Swanley she must do all theirs too, with a wok on a corrugated ironing board boi.
[quote][p][bold]swanleyperson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swanleyperson[/bold] wrote: Better then a mosque. Or a place gypo joe can put his caravan. Got too have internet access mind he loves his newsshopper[/p][/quote]Oh the irony. Swanley !! Nuff said.[/p][/quote]I dont do my irony. My mum does it for me.[/p][/quote]By the look of some of the degenerates walking around Swanley she must do all theirs too, with a wok on a corrugated ironing board boi. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -9

11:13am Tue 26 Aug 14

the wall says...

swanleyperson wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
swanleyperson wrote:
Better then a mosque. Or a place gypo joe can put his caravan. Got too have internet access mind he loves his newsshopper
Oh the irony.

Swanley !!

Nuff said.
I dont do my irony. My mum does it for me.
I heard she was a busy girl with three working orifice.
[quote][p][bold]swanleyperson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swanleyperson[/bold] wrote: Better then a mosque. Or a place gypo joe can put his caravan. Got too have internet access mind he loves his newsshopper[/p][/quote]Oh the irony. Swanley !! Nuff said.[/p][/quote]I dont do my irony. My mum does it for me.[/p][/quote]I heard she was a busy girl with three working orifice. the wall
  • Score: -1

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