Slough residents wish for cinema and bowling alley in unused space

On Tuesday, September 5, New Look closed their large store within the retail park, meaning that five units in the area now sit empty.

SEGRO, who own the site after paying £120.25million for the land in January said it is not their intention to retain the area in its current form.

While they will not speicify what they hope to use the land for, many fear the space will be used for data centres.

Nausicaa De Angeli commented on the recent developements saying: “Use that end for a cinema or bowling alley, some restaurants or get Primark in there.”

Last month the Observer reported on issues with local parks and parents claiming there is nowhere to take children and youngsters.

Jay Greenham shared a similar concern stating: “People won’t learn to start going out more being sociable and shopping on high street until it’s to late.”

In December 2022, Empire Cinema suddenly closed their Slough cinema, meaning residents now have to travel to Maidenhead or Uxbridge for the latest movies.

When approaching Slough Borough Council about future plans for entertainment facilities, they said there were “no plans” to open any new facilities, but they would welcome other ventures to the town.

Council facilities include Salt Hill Activity Centre, which has bowling, soft play, trampolining, virtual reality arcade, a golf simulator and an escape room.

Also in Slough are two leisure centrers – The Centre and Langley Leisure Centre, as well as Slough Ice Arena, which has climbing facilities in addition to the ice rink. 

SEGRO declined to comment as to whether they are considering using the space for entertainment and lesiure facilities.

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