Derby Hippodrome group's restoration plan

Hippodrome damage
Image caption Part of the building collapsed during work on the site

A group aiming to restore a derelict Derby theatre has said it is confident it can be saved.

The Grade II listed building has been empty for years, and part of it collapsed in 2008.

A professional study into the benefits of restoring the venue is being planned by the Hippodrome Restoration Trust, a local voluntary group.

This, it is hoped, will persuade the city council to allow the trust to take over ownership of the venue.

The theatre is currently owned by a private property developer but the council is obliged to maintain it because of its listed status.

Joan Travis, from the Hippodrome Restoration Trust, said: "I am quite sure that once it was acquired for us the idea would take off, everybody would join in and say 'at last!'.

"I think some people have got a little depressed with the waiting but having talked to lots of people, they are ready to come forward."

The restoration study is likely to cost about £20,000, with estimates for the restoration of the theatre reaching as high as £20m.

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