Published: 08:00, 20 August 2014
| Updated: 08:28, 20 August 2014
The Gala Bingo site in Dartford has been put up for sale and is being marketed by a company which specialises in churches and places of worship.
The sales brochure for the Spital Street building has been put out by Alex Martin Property and is selling to the tune of £3 million.
Agent Alex Dawson confirmed he was marketing the building to faith groups and had received interest from local church groups.
The sales brochure says: “The property which was originally constructed as a cinema is designed on ground, basement and three upper floors.
"The building is not listed but it is in a conservation area however, the local authority are very flexible in this regard, indeed they have permitted the demolition of the former courts unit to the left hand facing side of the subject property.”
“We estimate that the current building could provide seating for up to 2,000 worshippers.”
The sales brochure also states “no unsupervised viewings. Staff not aware”.
It is understood that staff were told about the sale in June.
Dartford council leader Jeremy Kite said he became aware of the sale on Tuesday morning but hoped that it was simply a marketing exercise.
He said: “I’m disappointed to hear the building is up for sale and my main concern is with the staff and that they will be looked after properly and given the information they need.
“I hope this is just an exercise in testing the market. There’s been changes in the market in gambling and a lot of it has moved online so I know a lot of bingo halls are shutting across the country.”
Gala Bingo are so far unavailable for comment.
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