DEC 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Hippodrome Campaigners Continue Fight
battling to save Coventry’s Hippodrome have pledged to continue
their fight as long as the building is still standing.
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former Coventry Theatre is earmarked for demolition as part of the
Phoenix Initiative in the city centre.
month, Gala Bingo, the current owners, lost a legal challenge
trying to prevent Coventry City Council from making a compulsory
purchase order for the building.
is now scheduled to come down next summer to make way for a square
and an improved frontage for the Museum of British Road Transport.
the campaigners say they are going to continue in their efforts to
save the theatre, which they see as an important community
Newman of the Hippodrome Appreciation Society said the loss of the
bingo hall would be devastating for some people. Gala Bingo have
been offered a new site on the Pool Meadow car park.
he appealed for help in keeping his society going.
people who use the building
are very angry that Coventry City Council are knocking it
down, just for the sake of it, to make a new look Coventry city
centre for the Millennium.
with alteration to the plan and a complete front exterior
refurbishment, the Gala Bingo building could not stay is beyond
the moment the Hippodrome Appreciation Society Ltd, could do
with some help with donations as computers need paying for, we
require cartridges to print on and the paper to print onto. Any
help would be very much appreciated.”
Newman said the area was designated as a conservation area in
1969, and the Phoenix Initiative would encroach on this.
say renovating the building is impractical, and restoring it to
its use as a theatre unviable. They also say that the area would
be improved by the scheme, which includes the restoration of Lady
who can help Mr Newman should email him at Meadowland37@aol.com