A CAMPAIGN group against the demolition of historic Dudley Racecourse has taken their objections to the Housing Secretary.

Dudley Hippodrome Development Trust has fought against Dudley Council’s plans to destroy the racetrack for years, wanting instead to see the rebirth of the once flourishing theater.

Now the group has asked Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Upgrade, Housing and Communities, to take on the planning request rather than let Dudley’s council decide.

This was supported by the public body for theaters, Theaters Trust, which believes that Dudley Council has not explored options for maintaining the racetrack.

A spokesperson for Theaters Trust said: ‘Theaters Trust does not believe sufficient attention has been paid to exploring options for retention and positive reuse of the building and there is a possible conflict of interest with the Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council determining its own application.

“Additionally, there are sustainability implications of demolition and reconstruction that are inconsistent with the council’s declaration of a climate emergency.”

Dudley Hippodrome Development Trust said he remained optimistic the appeal to the “Secretary of State would come in time”.

A spokesperson for the trust said: ‘The Arts Council of England recently announced that Dudley is on their list of funding priorities, which means that if approved money would be available for help launch the reopening of the theater building.

“Theaters Trust had also identified compatible national theater operators who would be willing to proactively engage with the Council to facilitate a renovation.

“The land on which Dudley Racecourse is built was a gift from the Earl of Dudley and the Kennedys who owned the opera house and the theater building that followed. , theater, retail or accommodation. ”

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