No ‘Chainsaw Massacre’ at Sutton Coldfield Cinema
Empire Cinema in Sutton Coldfield took immediate action after reports of drug dealing and inappropriate behaviour at the back of the cinema.
NO Dirty Rats
Empire Cinema still went above and beyond to protect residents and cinema-goers from the reports of drug dealers and inappropriate behaviour.
No more green screen atter Cinema Manager shouts “CUT”
The community-focused cinema employed a team of ‘professional’ tree surveyors who carried out the necessary checks. They cut down the type of screening that customers didn’t want. As a result, the trees, hedges and foliage now look much more tidy.
No trees protected by a tree preservation order were affected.
Despite the cinema’s exhausting efforts, local residents branded the clean up as a ‘massacre’ and claim it’s now an ‘eyesore’.
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Linda, who lives in Holland Road, said: “The drug dealers need to be caught, not destroy the natural environment.”
No more ‘Bad Boys‘
Des Christie, General Manager at Empire Sutton Coldfield, said: “Over the last few months we have witnessed inappropriate things on the car park, which does include drug dealing. They use the area around the trees to mask the deals.
“We also have people actually taking drugs towards the rear of the building where there are a lot of trees and shrubbery. This is not what we want at Empire Sutton Coldfield, and it’s unfair that our customers witness this behaviour.
Problems with Fly Tipping
“We also experience fly tipping within our car park area. People dump rubbish, fence panels, along those hedges. We needed to do something to combat the problem.
“We were hoping that the work being completed would be looked upon as future improvements reducing foliage for rats to nest, increased safety in and out of the car park, as well as opening up the area so inappropriate deals cannot be hidden and showing a care to maintain the areas around the cinema.”
Praising the ‘Cut Backs’
Despite the few protesters, many cinema-goers at Empire Sutton Coldfield have praised the ‘cutbacks’. They say it has also helped when exiting the car park which was dangerous.
Nuts added: “I would always opt for a nicely trimmed bush than looking rough around the edges, who wouldn’t? So, let’s be clear, certain residents would prefer drug dealers and inappropriate behaviour if they had the chance to save the trees. Really?”
Latest Crime Stats
According to the latest crime statistics in this neighbourhood since March last year, 294 (29.6%) of violent and sexual offences took place. There were also 331 (15.03%) reports of anti-social behaviour and 278 (12.62%) burglaries.
Ginger said: “Maybe the residents will thank Empire Sutton Coldfield next year when hopefully these crime figures start to plummet as a result of their prompt actions.”
Last year, Ginger and Nuts branded Empire Cinema in Sutton Coldfield the best in the UK. They will be talking about this on next week’s show so make sure you tune in and listen.