Artist’s voice shows why Odeon must be saved

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From: Bob Watson, Springfield Road, Baildon, Shipley.

THE clamour to retain Bradford’s iconic Odeon cinema building continues unabated, and has now been joined by no less a figure than the renowned artist David Hockney.

One has to wonder just what it takes for Bradford Council and the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), and others, to listen to, and act upon, what the people of Bradford actually want.

The stewardship of this building, particularly under the discredited development agency Yorkshire Forward when severed pipes were never attended to, nor basic maintenance properly instituted, has been scandalous.

With some of the companies involved in the original unwanted replacement property now having gone into administration or been dissolved, one would have thought that the HCA would be looking at how the original agreement could be terminated to give Bradford the refurbished building that so many wish to see. What a splendid backdrop to the new City Park that would provide, as well as superbly complementing the adjacent Alhambra Theatre.

The views of Bradfordians have been trampled on for far too long. Now is the time to come good, starting with the retention of this much-loved building