Published: 08:54, 18 May 2019
| Updated: 10:05, 20 May 2019
A town centre landmark has been cordoned off to stop vandals climbing onto the roof.
Council bosses have erected a large hoarding outside the former Mecca Bingo building in Ashford.
It follows reports of people being spotted on the roof of the site, which was bought by Ashford Borough Council last year.
Bosses want to knock most of the building down to create a multi-million pound leisure complex on the Vicarage Lane car park.
Authority chiefs hope to partially demolish the ex-Odeon, flattening the rear of the property and knocking through the former entrance in the Lower High Street to make a pedestrian route leading to a new public square on the car park.
The space - nicknamed Odeon Square - is set to feature a large outdoor cinema screen surrounded by cafes and bars.
Bosses say bulldozing the rear of the landmark 1930s building will open up views of St Mary's Church.
Despite looking to knock through the former cinema entrance, chiefs plan to retain most of the frontage, creating an indoor performance space in the former ballroom on the first floor above the former foyer.
They say the loss of parking spaces in Vicarage Lane car park will be offset by plans to build a multi-storey car park behind the bowling alley in Station Road.
A council spokesman said work on the Mecca Bingo project is progressing.
He said: "Following the public consultation earlier in the year and cabinet approval in March, officers have been working on the proposals and we should have an update in due course."
The hoarding has been erected in the St John's Lane alleyway leading to the Vicarage Lane car park.
The alleyway is still open.
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