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Time is running out for a famous old Blackpool nightspot after plans to demolish it were formally submitted to the council.

Campaigners had hoped to save the Syndicate on Church Street but a reprieve now looks unlikely.

Proposals have been lodged for the demolition of the building – formerly the ABC Cinema – and for the use of the land as a car park with 65 spaces for up to five years.

But rumours persist as to what lies ahead for the site – with a hotel seen as hot

Explaining the decision to push ahead with demolition, a council spokesman said: “We’ve looked at various options people have brought forward for the building but did not feel that any of those were 
viable in the long-term.

“As a result we are now actively pursuing other re-development opportunities for the area, starting with the demolition of the building.

“This includes a number of options and ways to compliment the Winter Gardens and the future of events and conferencing in Blackpool. This could potentially include a hotel.”

This is the first time the council has openly made a
direct link between the old Syndicate building and using it as a tool to encourage more conferences to the town.

The loss of major political rallies has been a huge talking point in recent years.

And opposition Tory leader Coun Tony Williams said he believed a new hotel was “probably a done deal”.

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