WE are conscious that it is some time since we last delivered an update on the fight to bring speedway and stock car racing back to the Coventry area.
From the beginning of the process we resolved that we would never provide ‘news’ purely for the sake of giving false hope to the many thousands of people who have been affected by the forced closure of Brandon Stadium.
Therefore we must be totally upfront in saying that the majority of 2019 so far has been spent in a frustrating waiting game, as we have absolutely no control over the timescale of this process - despite our continuing efforts to look to move things forward.
What we can assure everyone is that our determination level has not dropped, and we have still been involved in many meetings and conversations aimed at bringing an end to this outrageous situation.
Those present at the Public Meeting last November will remember the then leader of Rugby Council, Michael Stokes, announcing that an independent report was to be commissioned to assess the fundamental differences between the Brandon Estates planning application (submitted in January 2018) and associated further documentation, and our own responses.
During that public meeting we presented a brief critique of that documentation, exposing many errors, inaccuracies and untruths in the planning application, and naturally we provided extensive responses to the Council, leaving no doubt that the Brandon Estates/Framptons bid to build on Brandon is fundamentally deficient for numerous reasons.
The independent consultant was appointed in January of this year – we met him later that month – and his draft report was received by the Council on July 8.
Naturally we urgently await sight of that report, which is not yet in the public domain, as the contents will have a major bearing on how we proceed.
Rugby Council have always been clear that the planning application itself would not be taken to committee until after the completion of the Rugby Local Plan – which, as expected, firmed-up protection for sports venues such as Brandon, in addition to the unequivocal Neighbourhood Plan reaction, backing the restoration of the celebrated stadium to its former use – and the receipt of the independent report.
Our current indications are that the application may well be heard in November 2019, and we will keep everyone posted on that.
Despite the fact that it is nearly three years now since the bikes and cars were evicted from their rightful home, we urge everyone to remain as positive as possible and make sure it’s known that the vast majority of the public are still firmly against the developers’ plans.
They are attempting to destroy nearly 100 years of sporting heritage, and a venue which was and would still be successful, viable and needed – purely for self-interest and financial gain arising from a completely speculative purchase. They must not be allowed to succeed.