We, the undersigned, do not approve of the plans for demolition of the Bradford Odeon building. These plans are being pursued by Bradford Centre Regeneration (URC) - under the instruction of the building's owners Yorkshire Forward - to allow the construction of New Victoria Place - primary apartments and a hotel - on the site. During two separate "consultation exercises" that ultimately led to the decision to progress with the New Victoria Place scheme there was never an option put forward giving the public a chance to vote for retention of the Odeon building.
We, the undersigned, are also not satisfied with the justifications made by Bradford Centre Regeneration for demolition. In 2004 they claimed that an inspection by Ove Arup identified that the Odeon building had structural problems that would be too costly to remedy, but there is growing concern that a full structural survey of the building was never commissioned - only the towers were inspected, as advised by Mike Osborne of Ove Arup. Any prospective developers that later expressed an interest in retaining the building were refused access on health and safety grounds. The Chief Executive of Bradford Centre Regeneration (Maud Marshall) has made several erroneous statements about the alleged dilapidated condition of the interior, but recent photographic evidence taken in Autumn 2006 tells a different story.
We therefore would like to see the existing Odeon building retained and returned to its former use as multi-purpose venue to host concerts, conference facilities and ceremonies.
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