The developer, which Ealing Council wants to replace for the development of a new cinema, says it has already started work on the project. Empire Cinemas says it complied with a council deadline to start work in October and its project managers have been in regular discussion with the council.
Ealing Council has threatened to use a Compulsory Purchase Order to take over the site but Empire says that would be counter-productive:
– Empire Cinemas statement
"Should the Council continue in its attempt to CPO the site, the whole development will be frozen for a considerable period whilst we litigate and a considerable amount of taxpayers’ money will be wasted."