Facelift for Hip­po­drome is a non-starter

Derby Telegraph - - LETTERS -

SOME time ago I wrote a let­ter about the Derby Hip­po­drome The­atre and I’m afraid the vi­a­bil­ity of it con­tin­ues to pass me by.

Jan­uary will see the 50th an­niver­sary of my ar­rival in Derby. In that time this build­ing has al­ways been a sad and run-down white ele­phant. Why?

It was out­moded soon after it was built. It is not suit­able for much of to­day’s en­ter­tain­ment, it’s in the wrong place, in the most run­down area of the city, with atro­cious ac­cess, and no close park­ing.

The 1930s Art Deco style and tiles on the ex­te­rior are won­der­ful, but the level of de­struc­tion inside, and the lack of a roof, means the build­ing would need to be re­built. Re­fur­bish­ment is cloud-cuckoo think­ing.

The es­ti­mates for the re­fur­bish­ment of the Assem­bly Rooms makes you won­der how much a re­vamp of the Hip­po­drome would cost.

The letters sup­port­ing the Hip­po­drome with ideas on how to pay for a re­build never sug­gest a method of up­keep and fund­ing. And, as Derby strug­gles to keep a prof­itable the­atre afloat, an­other velo­drome or venue need­ing huge sub­si­dies is some­thing we can’t af­ford.

Chris Ed­di­son, Mick­leover

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