WORK beginning on the county’s first 11-screen cinema has been hailed as a “coup” by a community leader.
Following a delay until after the Christmas period at the request of traders, building started yesterday on Cineworld at Broughton Shopping Park.
The development will include several restaurants and a new bus hub.
Broughton councillor Derek Butler has welcomed a development he said was answering “a real need”.
“We’re pleased because it’s refreshing the park,” he said. “There’s no cinema in the area. Most people go to Cheshire Oaks. It’s answered that demand.”
He added: “It’s a bit of a coup in some respects.
“As county councillors, we’ve tried to get someone to bring a cinema to Deeside for decades but they’ve always said the business case wasn’t there. If they hadn’t have come here, they’d have gone to the Wirral or into Cheshire.”
Cllr Butler said by next Christmas it was hoped the restaurants would be up and running.
“The cinema probably won’t open until the following April,” he said. “The fabric will go up but fitting out all the technical side of things takes about eight months.”
As well as Cineworld, restaurants Frankie and Bennys, Pizza Express, Nando’s and Chiquito are already signed up.
“The new restaurants are one of the other benefits,” said Cllr Butler. “These will be the sort of places people go to when they go to the cinema. The other element is the creation of better through roads and the site for buses.”
Cllr Butler said buses came from as far as the Wirral and Rhyl and a new bus ‘hub’ will be created alongside the current Tesco store on both sides of the road.
“Buses come from all over,” he said. “It’s already used as a bit of a park and ride.
But there’s been some confusion about where they pick up so they are going to relocate that as part of the cinema infrastructure pulling all the buses together.”
Cllr Butler said the new system might take “some getting used to”.
But he said although there would be added traffic, most of it would be in the evening.
“This will create jobs and it will anchor jobs that are already there because it will add to the value of the attraction currently at the park,” added Cllr Butler.