Landmark day for cinema scheme as work starts on Yate Riverside site

March 29 2015

A SIGNIFICANT step was reached in the new Yate Riverside scheme when the ground was broken to mark the start of construction.

Mark Hull, approved Group Property Controller, Crestbridge, owners of Yate Shopping Centre; Steve Webb MP; Councillor Wully Perks, Mayor of Yate; and Andy Lowrey, Manager of Yate Shopping Centre.

A SIGNIFICANT step was reached in the new Yate Riverside scheme when the ground was broken to mark the start of construction.
Pensions minister and local MP Steve Webb dug the first muddy turf at the site of the project, which will bring more shops, eating outlets and a long awaited cinema to the town as an extension to Yate Shopping Centre.
He was joined by local councillors, representatives from developers Crestbridge and contractors ISG, as well as residents and shoppers.
Yate mayor Wully Perks said: “A cinema has been one of the town’s long held aspirations and is one of the key elements of the town plan.
“This was another significant day for the town and a major step in the town’s growth.
“With so much new housing scheduled over the next few years, it is important that Yate can offer residents all the facilities that are expected in a town of this size.
“It will also be a major boost for the local economy, bringing jobs and preventing people having to drive further afield for evening entertainment.”
Mark Hull, group property controller for shopping centre owners Crestbridge, said the ceremony on the Link Road overflow car park site came after a “long and often tough ride”.
He said: “This project is the fruition of many years’ work by the MP, local councillors and local stakeholders.
“We are aware that Steve has  been campaigning for a cinema in Yate for well over 12 years and it is only right that he and the local community came together to celebrate the start of works.”
Mr Webb, said: “It seems many years since we first launched our Cinema 4 Yate campaign in response to the strong views expressed by local residents, and particularly young people, that they wanted Yate to have its own cinema.
“We have persevered through many ups and downs and it is great to be present for the formal beginning of construction works.
“We look forward to completion of the project and to a new boost to the economy for the people of Yate and the surrounding area.”