The Theatre Royal in Chatham. It’s been a long time coming. There had been a lengthy campaign to save the place but to no avail. Many local people will be sad to see it go. Many others likely think that its not before time.
Wilful neglect and abandonment have been the main protagonists in the buildings decline. It had become an eyesore and a hazard. The building was listed. Something of an inconvenience and a hindrance. Medway Council’s take on it is –
The Council acknowledges the Theatre Royal is an eysesore however it is a listed building and whilst consent has been given for the Theatre (with the exception of the frontage part) to be demolished, that consent was subject to conditions which requires the recording of the historic interior of the building. This recording work is ongoing and it is hoped that it will be complete very soon enabling the building to be demolished. The Council is in regular contact with the land owners.
Bit of of trivia: the picture was taken from the John Hawkins Flyover whiich is itself scheduled for demolition next month.