Owner set to carry out work on Hippodrome
THE owner of the Hippodrome looks set to carry out some of the work needed to the listed building, reducing the amount the council will have to contribute.
The Derby Telegraph revealed last month that it was going to carry out £90,000 worth of repairs to the derelict Hippodrome Theatre and planned to force its owner to pay – even if it bankrupted him.
The authority had ordered the building's owner, Christopher Anthony, to remove loose bricks and timbers on the Macklin Street facade and put up hoarding across the Crompton Street side.
But he failed to meet the authority's deadline. Now, the council says Mr Anthony is likely to carry out the hoarding work on the Crompton Street side.
That would reduce the work the council would have to do up front by £30,000.
The authority said it would still pursue Mr Anthony for the remaining £60,000 it would have to pay.
Council leader Harvey Jennings said it was important for the work to be done because Macklin Street has been closed to traffic for 18 months due to the state of the building.
The Hippodrome was left in a poor state after work was carried out on its roof in 2008. In February, at Derby Crown Court, Mr Anthony admitted ordering work to be carried out which led to the building's roof collapsing.
The city council accepted the damage had not been caused deliberately.