State owners pledge after plans hold-up

NO completion date, no plan for parking and no idea how the community will use the famous building have left people scratching their head over the future for the Gaumont State. Ruach Ministries, the new owners of the famed music venue, admitted they had n

NO completion date, no plan for parking and no idea how the community will use the famous building have left people scratching their head over the future for the Gaumont State.

Ruach Ministries, the new owners of the famed music venue, admitted they had no idea when the building, in Kilburn High Road, would be open again but that up to 3,000 people could turn up to services when it did.

Pastor Mark Liburn of the Ruach Ministries, admitted that the church was hamstrung by finances at a Brondesbury Residents' And Tenants' (BRAT) meeting at the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn High Road, on Thursday last week.

Pastor Liburn said: "The reality is that we are coming and we will be having a service sooner or later. I know the million dollar question is when and that is what we are still asking.


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"The reality is the quicker we can get in here the better for us because at the moment we are paying for an empty shell so we would like to have a church open and get a congregation but obviously it will take time to pay for what we need to."

He said that once complete, the front part, by the High Road could become a caf� for public use and the old cinema on Willesden Lane, a two floor community centre.

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When asked about potential cost for community members, Pastor Liburn said that there would be some occasions where there would be a cost and some when there would not.

He was also at a loss to explain which part of the whole project would be completed first. He said: "It all depends on what sort of finance we get. We want to do the auditorium, getting the sanctuary back to what it will look like. It depends on how we get finances."

When quizzed about parking, he said the church was already promoting public transport and that they could do little more.

He added that they did not expect 3,000 to come to the church at the beginning and pledged to put a missing letter back on the building.

The community will get access to the building after it was written into the section 106 agreement and the church has said it is committed to enriching Kilburn.

Pastor Liburn added: "There should be no fears about us coming and closing the doors and not wanting to talk to anyone.

"We are here to engage with the community and make a positive contribution to the community.

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