Bradford Council meeting about the Odeon
Yesterday the Council’s Economic and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee met to discuss the Odeon.
The main outcomes regarding the Odeon’s future were as follows:
The Odeon has been offered to the Council by the Homes and Communities Agency for the nominal value of a pound
The Council would like to consider their liability and how much the building might cost them in upkeep after that before they accept
Other options include putting the building out to tender on the open market, and – crucially – the HCA and the Council said they would consider a community bid
As yet, no single group or campaign group in Bradford has been given an official role in the future of the Odeon, with the Council saying they would like all interested groups to be equally represented in discussions by nominating a single member each. However this is still to be worked out to ensure complete transparency
A full and independent survey of the building will take place shortly to reveal the true condition of the building
The three options moving forward are either Council ownership, private ownership or community ownership
Although concerned about costs to the Council, the committee expressed the need for caution with private developers following Westfield and Langtree
Once ownership issues have been resolved, all bidders will be invited to come forward
The next meeting will be at the end of January
The Homes and Communities Agency further confirmed their openness to a community bid on Twitter
You can read a livetweeted report from the Odeon meeting (funnier than this article, we assure you) at Hidden Bradford
The next steps for this campaign will be to pursue the community right to bid, and the funding that is available for these projects. We want to see a viable and much-loved refurbished Odeon contributing to the regeneration of our city centre.
We believe that all of the people who campaigned for the building should be able to be directly involved in its future, and to own a part of what they have fought to save.
We will bring you up to date news on opportunities to get involved soon.