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Colosseum nightclub plan back on course; hellfire finds a route to progress.

Byline: ROBERT SUTCLIFFE robert.sutcliffe@reachplc.com @MRRSUTCLIFFE

PLANS for a huge entertainment venue in Huddersfield town centre are back on track.

Ian Snowball and son Adam, who run Hellfire Entertainment, have spent three years struggling to open The Colosseum on Queensgate - opposite the University of Huddersfield.

They wanted to transform the derelict former cinema into a huge luxury pub and nightclub complete with rooftop terrace.

When originally conceived the idea was to create the UK's largest pub and party-zone creating dozens of jobs. Redeveloping the dilapidated building will cost PS1m-plus. However, Hellfire has so far been unable to obtain consent from Kirklees Council to improve a short unadopted cobbled road, Back Queen Street, which they claim is key to the project's success.

But Ian Snowball said: "The council has now put forward a proposal to allow us to put the side road and path back into a state of repair and in so doing the onus will, therefore, fall to us to keep it as such for the immediate future.

"We have acknowledged receipt of their offer and agreed to their terms.

"The proposal will now be put before the council for their formal approval."

Asked whether that meant Hellfire were going to be able to use that street as per its original plans, he said: "Yes - this now means that guests will be able to walk along a clean path without trip hazards, puddles of water and soil.

"It also means that we have a wheelchair access as well - plus it all doubles up as a safe fire exit."

And asked if this meant the club could finally open, Mr Snowball replied: "Yes. We just now have to sit down and put all the pieces together terms of logistics and a structured approach. It will not be immediate."

Adam, who is managing director, added: "This is a tremendous turnaround for us and a big thank you to everyone who has helped us get to this stage.

"In the hope that we can get all of the permission sorted and agreed, we can then start planning how we will move forward and then begin putting the pieces in place."

Ultimately, it is hoped to connect The Colosseum with the Showtime venue next door creating a massive entertainment complex.

The council has been embroiled in a legal dispute with Hellfire over the rundown appearance of The Colosseum as it is keen to improve the appearance of shops and bars in the town centre.

Kirklees Council was approached for comment.

Artist's impression of the rooftop terrace for the proposed Colosseum nightclub Adam Snowball of Hellfire Entertainment The former cinema building on Queensgate which is earmarked for the Colosseum nightclub

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 7, 2019
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