MAR 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Phoenix Cash Cannot Be Diverted
for the Phoenix Initiative in Coventry cannot be diverted to other
projects in the city centre, despite claims from opponents of the
leading city councillor today issued a call for those campaigning
against the Phoenix Initiative to stop misleading people about the
funding for the project.
people have been calling for the money to instead be used to
transfer the Coventry Hippodrome into a civic hall. The Hippodrome
is due to be demolished in the summer.
Adams, Millennium Commission Regional Manager, stressed that the
cash from the Millennium Commission should be spent on building
Millennium Place and a new entrance to the Museum of British Road
PLACE MUST BE BUILT
to do so would be an event of default under the contract and The
Millennium Commission reserves the right to withdraw grant and
clawback any grant paid should circumstance arise."
Dave Batten, cabinet member (Development and Renewal) said he
hoped the speculation and rumour-mongering would end. He said:
sincerely hope that people will see that both councillors and
our officers, have been telling the truth with regard to this
particular issue and we cannot, however much people ask or
shout, spend the money on something else.
project is about more than just knocking down the Gala Bingo
Hall building and putting a clock on the floor.
amount of interest, both from Coventry people and visitors
alike, now being shown in the project, is remarkable.
positive national TV coverage on Channel 4's Time Team programme
approaching 1,000 people have visited the site to view Priory
Gardens and the undercroft of the old Priory down Hill Top.
2,500 people enjoyed visiting the Gardens two weeks ago when the
Archbishop blessed the statue of Our Lady of Coventry.”
of this would have happened without the Phoenix Initiative. It
shows just how the Phoenix Initiative can and will make a big
difference to the city centre."
work on the Gala Bingo Hall building is expected to start in July.
Gala are planning to build a new Bingo Hall adjacent to Pool
Meadow bus and coach station.
Beck, Phoenix Initiative project director, said:
is a definite buzz building about the project now, judging from
the increased interest around and the numbers of visitors I see
from my window coming along to the site to have a peek at what's
next planned stage is the completion and opening of the Priory
Garden and Cloister Garden on 14 April, which will tie-in with the
re-opening of Holy Trinity Church.
overall aim of the whole Phoenix Initiative site is to create a
walkway of 1,000 years of Coventry history.
walkway will stretch from the Priory Gardens and archaeological
site on Hill Top, down through the Priory Place bars and
restaurants development, linking to the new Millennium Place and a
new entrance to the Motor Museum.
final link will be the dramatic glass bridge over a revamped Lady
Herbert's Garden and into the Garden of International Friendship.
is anticipated the whole project will be completed in the autumn