Bid to turn old dancehall into a new car park

The now empty and deteriorating  Curzon Rooms in London Road Waterlooville
The now empty and deteriorating Curzon Rooms in London Road Waterlooville
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AN EYESORE town centre building which is infested with rats and a bolt hole for drug takers could be demolished to make way for a car park.

Plans have been put forward to bulldoze the decaying Curzon Rooms in Waterlooville to create a car park for more than 60 vehicles.

It comes as police issued an appeal for information after an arson attack at the site last week.

The building was once a popular nightspot for people across the area, opening in the late 1950s as a cinema but going on to become a dancehall and finally a function room until it closed 11 years ago.

Since then the building has fallen into disrepair and several applications have been put forward to turn it into flats with shops below but nothing has come of it.

Now the owner Leisure Activity LLP wants to get rid of the run-down building altogether and the plans have been welcomed.

Rosemary Wilson, chairman of the Waterlooville Business Association, said: ‘It’s brilliant news. Something has to be about it.

‘For 11 years now it has been an eyesore in the town.

‘It’s especially prominent now all the work has been done on the walkways and pavements.

‘And it’s dangerous. I have reported windows being left open and even the estate agents board was hanging down. Somebody could get hurt.’

She added: ‘If the fire had properly taken hold it would probably have taken the shops in the precinct with it.

‘It’s infested with rats and pigeons and it’s very dry.

‘Obviously it would be nice if it were made into a green space with flowers but Waterlooville needs a car park.’

A decision is expected to be made in October.

The blaze began between 3am and 3.20pm on August 23.

Anyone with information should contact PC Emily Dummer at Havant police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.