Purchase order for Hull theatre

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Published: Wednesday 21st January 2015 by The News Editor

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Hull’s National Picture Theatre may finally be brought back into use after the city council issued its owner with a compulsory purchase order.

The building on Beverley Road is the only one in the whole of the city which was bombed out during the Second World War but is still standing today.

There have long been plans to regenerate the site, and it is hoped that the compulsory purchase will allow the to turn the site into a memorial to all those killed during the war.

The decision was taken after Hakim Saleem, the owner of the National Picture Theatre, failed to carry out any repair work on the building despite being issued with a repair notice 13 months ago.

Stephen Brady, leader of Hull City Council, said the move will help to “bring forward future developments”.

An agreement to use compulsory purchase powers to redevelop the site had already been reached in principle by the planning committee, but it had originally wanted to gather more information on the Memorial Trust’s financial plans before going ahead with the move.

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Published: Wednesday 21st January 2015 by The News Editor

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