DEC 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Gala Admits Defeat In Hippodrome Fight
demolition work is to start to prepare Coventry city centre for
the Phoenix Initiative next month after the owners of Hippodrome
conceded defeat in their legal battle against the scheme.
only option open to Gala Bingo was to petition the Court of Appeal
for the right to overturn last month’s High Court decision.
judge in that case ruled that the Government had considered the
appropriate facts when giving the go-ahead to issuing the
compulsory purchase order for the Hippodrome.
also refused to give Gala the right to appeal against the
could have sought to overturn this ruling in the Court of Appeal,
but have instead thrown in the towel. Negotiations are now to
continue over the possibility of building a new venue on the car
park at Pool Meadow bus station.
chief executive John Kelly said the decision to give up the
struggle had been a hard one.
remain convinced that we were absolutely right to challenge the
CPO in order to save the hippodrome and we have very carefully
considered our legal position following the High Court ruling.
because the chances of a successful appeal were slim and to put
to an end the uncertainty, in the interests of our customers and
staff, we have come to the conclusion that the fight has to end
was an incredibly hard decision in view of the overwhelming
support we’ve had from our team at the Hippodrome, our members
and Coventry people in general.
of us here at Gala would like to thank everyone for backing
Initiative project director Chris Beck said demolition work could
now begin to allow the creation of Millennium Place.
to go will be the Fairfax Street car park. Work is scheduled to
begin on 8 January.
Beck said the rear of the car park has already been demolished,
but the main section had to stay because there were businesses
one, a greengrocers, remains, and Mr Beck said that will close
after Christmas as it has now been served with a compulsory
added that the Hippodrome was not being demolished until the last
moment, to allow bingo-goers the chance to use the facilities as
long as possible.
looks as if it is going to go in July. We are still negotiating
with them on whether they want to take the option at Pool
[17 NOV 00] HIPPODROME
TO BE DEMOLISHED, JUDGE RULES