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Dudley Liberal Democrats pledge to Save the Hippodrome

April 26, 2021 9:56 AM

Hippodrome

Dudley Liberal Democrats are calling on the council to enter immediate talks with the Save the Hippodrome Campaign Group to find a solution before the iconic 1930's theatre is destroyed.

Campaigners were left devastated last year after the Conservative-run council announced that they would be demolishing the theatre, which has lay abandoned since 2009.

Community Groups and charities have previously urged the council not to press ahead with their plans, as demolition would mean the loss of a "cultural venue with national importance".

Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of the West Midlands Jenny Wilkinson said:

"It is a great shame that the Conservatives feel plans to invest in the borough must come at the cost of Dudley's culture and history.

"The council already owns the Hippodrome; and the Save the Hippodrome group have some amazing plans if it were to reopen. But Dudley Tories just don't want to listen - it's not good enough.

"There is no reason that Dudley couldn't have a thriving nighttime economy, with the Hippodrome the jewel in the crown of the borough. That's the vision the Liberal Democrats are fighting for!"

Liberal Democrat candidate for Cradley and Wollescote, Ryan Priest added:

"The council has kept campaigners in limbo for long enough, they should make every effort to protect the Hippodrome, and with it, our culture and heritage.

"Progress shouldn't come at the cost of our history. We need as many Liberal Democrats as possible back on the council so that we can tear up the Tories plans."