FEB 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Bingo Hall Boost For City Centre
of uncertainty for bingo players in Coventry has ended with the
news they can still play in the city centre after the demolition
of the Hippodrome.
IMPRESSION OF THE NEW BINGO HALL
City Council’s cabinet agreed yesterday to hand over the short
stay car park in Fairfax Street, next to Pool Meadow, to
will have to move out of the Hippodrome in July when it is
demolished to make way for the Phoenix Initiative.
offer of a car park as land for a new facility has been on the
table for some time, but the details were finally agreed
issue had been held up by various court challenges by Gala to try
and stop the council from serving a compulsory purchase order on
changes will now be made to the neighbouring Cox Street long-stay
car park allow short stay parking in the area.
Dave Batten, cabinet member (Development and Renewal) said:
have been in negotiations for some time with Gala to secure a
new site for their re-location and it is very pleasing to see
that we can move forward and deliver on a new site.
want to create a vibrant and bustling city centre that has
something for everyone, young or old, and we appreciated that
the Gala Bingo facility was a very popular one with people in
this in mind it should be great news that bingo players will
have not only a new facility but that it remains firmly in the
heart of our city centre."
Chief Executive, John Kelly, added:
delighted and relieved that the months of uncertainty for our
customers and employees are over.
have already been made to re-deploy the staff and management
from the Hippodrome.
grateful for their support throughout this difficult time and
hope eventually to see them back at the new club.
hope our members will bear with us and play at the Gala clubs in
Radford and Walsgrave until they can return to our new city
Beck, Project Director for the Phoenix Initiative, also expressed
his happiness with the proposed deal. He said:
am delighted we have been able to secure a site for the new Gala
Bingo Club in the city centre.
have worked hard looking at all the options and this site
best-suited Gala's requirements. We always said we wanted to
find a new home for bingo players in the city centre and now we
is expected that Gala can open their doors to their new club in
have submitted a full planning application for their new building,
which will be considered at a future Planning Committee meeting.