Demolition not in sight for Windsor Cinema

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Windsor Cinema owner Roger Hunt. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au
d495817a Windsor Cinema owner Roger Hunt. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au

WINDSOR Cinema owner Roger Hunt says he has no plans to bulldoze his iconic building.

Speculation has grown in the past 12 months that Mr Hunt wants to sell the iconic 1937 building but he said he had “no future plans for the site”.

“It’s (Windsor Cinema) our superannuation fund and we have already decided who our beneficiaries will be and that’s our children – we would like to pass it on to them without any encumbrances,” he said.

“The income is very satisfactory from the front as it is at the moment and that’s the way it will stay – we’ve built this superannuation fund by working our butts off.”

However, the Mt Claremont resident has hit a wall with his future plan for the site due to a bizarre deed he made with the City of Nedlands in 2000.

Mr Hunt said the 12 x 4m roof sign that has embellished the theatre since 1984 was first approved by the City in 1986, but at the time the City later claimed it had increased in size and was non-compliant.

Mr Hunt said himself and then Nedlands Mayor John Paterson entered a deed where the property would remain on the City of Nedlands Municipal Heritage Inventory list as long as Mr Hunt was able to keep the roof sign.

Mr Hunt asked the City to remove the site from the list in February so the listing would not affect the value of his site.

“In February this year, there was a council meeting where the City agreed to cancel the deed subject to us applying for retrospective license approval for the sign,” Mr Hunt said.

Mayor Max Hipkins said granting a retrospective license to Mr Hunt would be giving him approval for a sign that had already been built.

Mr Hipkins said approval of the license would also automatically void the site’s Municipal Heritage Inventory listing.

“The matter on the agenda for next week’s meeting is to grant approval for the sign so that he (Mr Hunt) owns it rather than the City having a deed with him,” Mr Hipkins said.

Mr Hipkins said he would prefer the deed remain.

“Council is considering approving the sign and if they agree that’s the council’s decision – I only have one vote and I abide by the council’s decision,” he said.

The City will decide at a council meeting on Tuesday (September 24) whether to adopt a a committee recommendation to approve granting Mr Hunt a retrospective license for the sign.