A Dundee pub landlord has told the DCA to “man up” after cinema bosses expressed concerns about proposals to build a multiplex nearby.
Alan Bannerman, who runs The Phoenix bar on Nethergate, made the comment after DCA director Beth Bate said the plans were a “potential source of concern” for their revenue.
Crucible Alba Group wants to transform the site at Greenmarket, behind Groucho’s Music Store, with a £24m project development including a cinema, restaurants, cafes, a hotel and residential accommodation.
Alan said: “They (the DCA) appeared to be worried that another cinema there would adversely affect their business.
“They had no such concern when they opened the biggest cafe bar and restaurant in the area and the effect it would have on bars and restaurants in the area, many of which suffered badly from the DCA effect.
“Many of us in the area support the proposal ridding the area of a wasteland eyesore and bringing many jobs.
“The DCA must learn to live in the competitive world that all the rest of us endure and without local government assistance.
“In the thirty years that I have traded in the Nethergate I have witnessed many changes.
“My pub used to stand alone as a licensed premises, I am now surrounded by bars and cafes with no detriment to my business and all good for the area.
“As my children are fond of telling me, man up DCA!”
Creative Dundee has also expressed fears for the future of the DCA, arguing that much of its revenue comes from mainstream films as well as independent productions.
The organisation believes the DCA would struggle to get the rights to show the same blockbusters as a multiplex, if one was built nearby.
The DCA was contacted but said they had no comment to give in response to Alan’s views.