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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 favourite.
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”.