NOV 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Lawyers Take Phoenix To Court Recount
Phoenix Initiative will rise in its full glory or be consigned to
the ashes of history following a High Court challenge by the
owners of the old Hippodrome this week.
Bingo is contesting the compulsory purchase order served by the
council so the former Coventry Theatre and Hippodrome can be
is to take its case to the High Court tomorrow against the
Government’s decision to allow the purchase order.
is basing its application on the fact that traffic orders
dealing with the revised route for cars were not in place at the
time the government inspector held an inquiry into the scheme.
says that without the full facts the inspector could not have made
an accurate decision and the company is urging the court to throw
out the order.
the judge agrees with Gala then it will throw the centrepiece of
the £40 million scheme into doubt.
PLACE WILL LOOK IF THE HIPPODROME IS DEMOLISHED
has been continuing on other aspects of the scheme, such as the
demolition of John F Kennedy House and the renovation of Lady
place of the Hippodrome a millennium place with a glass map
embedded in the floor is planned, showing the different time zones
of the world.
director Chris Beck (right) said the Secretary of State for the
DETR, John Prescott is named as the first defendant in the case,
with Coventry City Council also being represented.
the hearing goes into a second day then it is likely to put the
judge’s decision back until next week at the earliest.
Beck said the judge’s decision was crucial, but it was not
necessarily a case of saying “yes” or “no”.
he comes down on our side then we can get on with it. If he
doesn’t then we have to go away and think how we proceed.”
Beck added that the delay was likely to make the project miss its
December 2001 deadline, but funding was not at risk.
contract with the Millennium Commission allows for delays for
circumstances outside our control.”
Bingo originally accepted the offer of a new site at Pool Meadow
car park, but then stunned the council by its eleventh hour legal
keen to preserve the only art deco building have been opposed to
the scheme throughout.
Newman of The Hippodrome Appreciation Society said the fight
"will still go on".
said supporters of the building thought the city council had
behaved "outrageously" by pursuing the compulsory
planners say they want to revamp the City Centre, but they are
causing more destruction than the war caused.
the Secretary of State agreed with the Inspector that the city
council has underestimated the contribution that the Gala Bingo
Club made to the vitality and viability of the city centre.
might be used as a bingo hall now but if ever Gala
Bingo decide to give up the site it still has the potential to
be a marvellous theatre again, it is a fine example of 1930s Art
Deco, with historic and future value and the planners should
[17 JUL 00] GALA
MOUNTS LEGAL FIGHT TO SAVE HIPPODROME
ON THE PHOENIX INITIATIVE