AS we approach the third season where speedway and stock car racing have been lost to the area, we are asking supporters for a little assistance.
We would like you to sum up, in a maximum of 50 words, what your feelings are following the closure of the stadium.
You can focus on anything within that – the loss of a family night out, the atmosphere, no Bees team racing, no car racing, your feelings about the closure, what you think should happen next, or anything of your choice.
As this appears to be ‘campaign season’ we are looking to put together some scrolling graphics to be distributed to appropriate places, which will show several people’s views over a short period of time.
Any assistance you could give would be much appreciated – please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively you can tweet us at @KeepBeesOnTrack . Please try to keep them as brief as possible and treat 50 words as the limit.
Regarding the current situation, we have a couple of brief updates to give. Rest assured there is plenty more going on in the background – but we have always been clear that we will never post an update which offers false hope, in the same way that whenever we make a submission to the council, it is always backed up with actual evidence.
We can confirm that we have met with the independent Council-appointed consultant who is looking into the planning application, and he has also had meetings with representatives from the developers, the authorities of both speedway and stock car racing, and the council. He is currently working on his report.
The Local Plan has yet to be received by Rugby Council, and as Cllr Stokes confirmed at our public meeting, the outcome of the Brandon Estates planning application will not be known until after those two matters have been concluded.
It was also interesting to note that the government recently released their Housing Delivery Test Results 2018. They showed that for Rugby, the target delivery total for new houses was 1,394 – and Rugby actually achieved 1,499 new houses.
We are sure that had Rugby underachieved, the developers would have highlighted this and used it to put pressure on Rugby Council to approve their planning application. We would suggest that the excellent performance (achieving 108% v target) should effectively remove any pressure to release sites for redevelopment not identified through the Local Plan, and strengthen the case for rejecting the application - especially given the clearly-identified ongoing need for this site to revert to its former use.
Certainly, this once again demonstrates the spurious nature of any suggestion that additional development within the borough is urgently required.
We will continue to update everyone whenever we can.