JAN 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Hippodrome Will Not Become Civic Hall
to save Coventry’s Hippodrome from demolition by turning it into
a civic hall are doomed to failure because the building will not
be considered in a cultural strategy for the area.
HIPPODROME IS OFF THE AGENDA FOR THE CITY'S CULTURAL FUTURE
are battling to save the former Coventry Theatre from the
bulldozers, which are scheduled to move in during the summer to
make way for the Phoenix Initiative in the city centre.
have appealed to Coventry City Council officers responsible for
drawing up a cultural strategy for the city to consider the
Hippodrome as a potential site for a new civic hall in the town.
consultation for the strategy revealed that a number of different
interest groups thought a new civic hall would be a good idea.
are planning to get more views as to what form that could take,
but will not be considering the Hippodrome.
building has been ruled out because its fate has already been
accounted for. It will not be considered in any strategy for the
future because its future has already been decided.
strategy is being drawn up under instructions from central
government and must be completed by 2002.
Policy and Planning officer Andy Howitt said the aim is to provide
a very broad framework for cultural development in the city.
will give the council, companies, and voluntary groups a steer as
to the kind of things the city is trying to achieve.
fine detail: what kind of buildings and facilities are needed and
where they should be will be filled in after the overall strategy
is drawn up.
Howitt said the need for a civic hall has been mentioned by
several different groups, although it was not clear what that hall
might consist of.
do think that there’s a need for a civic hall. It is something
that we will be examining more.”
Newman of the Hippodrome Appreciation Society has called for the
building to be saved and used as a hall.
said the number of different rooms in it would allow a diverse
range of activities to take place.
Howitt said the strategy will be concluded long after the building
is demolished. He added that all council officers have to follow
council policy – this includes backing the plans laid out in the
concerns me that just when the matter of a civic hall is being
considered, the very building that is admirably suited to that
purpose is threatened with demolition.
I can understand why the city council wants to get on with the
competition of the Phoenix Initiative, those responsible for
implementing it might well be about to destroy the very facility
that could breathe new life into the city centre.
replacement – a Millennium Clock set in the pavement of yet
another public square can never enhance the fortunes of
[07 DEC 00] GALA
ADMITS DEFEAT IN HIPPODROME FIGHT