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121 of 141  Sat 10th Jun 2017 5:22pm  
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122 of 141  Tue 5th Sep 2017 9:51am  
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No return to Brandon for Bees Oh my No great surprise there, then, but some hope for a new stadium Smile
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123 of 141  Wed 6th Sep 2017 12:59pm  
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Response from the "Save Coventry Speedway and Stox" Campaign Group THE Campaign Group acknowledges the article published in the Coventry Telegraph on September 5, which includes speculation over new land for a stadium. Although disappointed with some of the content, we have no issues whatsoever with the Telegraph reporting the information they have been given. It is important to stress that a return to Brandon – however unlikely – is not completely ruled out at this stage. The Rugby 5-Year plan has been submitted to the Secretary of State and does not include the redevelopment of Brandon. Should a speculative application for planning be submitted by Brandon Estates Ltd – which we have been led to believe will be the case for some time – their next step upon rejection is unknown at present. Unfortunately, given the complete unwillingness of Brandon Estates Ltd to communicate with us despite multiple attempts – and the possibility of working on mutually beneficial solutions – we cannot predict what would happen if an appeal to the Secretary of State is also rejected. In that case, it would almost certainly be a 10-15 year period before development could be considered. It is true to say that land has been earmarked for a possible new stadium, and following numerous meetings and conversations with councillors from both Rugby and Coventry, the Leader of Rugby Borough Council urged the Campaign Group to arrange for a pre-planning application to be submitted. With an architect employed to prepare the application, this was subsequently submitted on August 25. We would have much preferred for this development to remain confidential and, pending a positive reception from the Planning Officer, the matter could then have gone into the public domain ahead of the formal planning process – rather than the possibility of building up false hopes amongst speedway and stock car fans. We are now awaiting further communication with the Leader of Rugby Borough Council prior to making public the views of the Principal Planning Officer, which were conveyed at the end of last week. Finally, we do not go along with the view that Coventry Speedway must run in 2018 – at whatever venue, or at whatever level of racing - in order for it to survive. However, we would always support the return of a Coventry team, as long as it was viable and could operate in the full traditions of our proud history of racing at the top level of the sport. Birmingham and Leicester are two recent examples of clubs which have returned after decades away from racing – although naturally we hope our own absence is nowhere near as lengthy. It may be the case that it is important for the current ‘on ice’ Coventry Speedway promotion to get on track in 2018, but this should not be confused with the main issue of seeking a sustainable long-term future at a stadium in the Coventry area. Finally, we thank the Coventry Telegraph for their renewed interest in the story and trust they will make strenuous efforts to seek the views of all parties, including Brandon Estates Ltd, as to how two major sports can be returned to their rightful place in the area and end this year-long misery for thousands of supporters.
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124 of 141  Tue 26th Sep 2017 6:25pm  
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Plans unveiled for 250 houses - Telegraph article
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125 of 141  Thu 28th Sep 2017 6:34pm  
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Security failure prompts council to issue Coventry Stadium owners formal notice - report
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126 of 141  Tue 3rd Oct 2017 7:27pm  
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The Save Coventry Campaign Group would like to invite all supporters and local residents to a meeting on Monday October 9. This meeting will take place in association with the NSSC at the Brandon Club, starting at 8pm. The purpose of the meeting is to update everyone on the latest position in the efforts to bring speedway and stock car racing back to Coventry, as we approach one year since Brandon last staged racing. There have been several developments over recent months, not all of which have been accurately reported, and we will be looking to set the record straight on a number of issues and hopefully give supporters a clearer understanding of the current position. All speedway and stock car supporters, and local residents concerned by the possibility of housing, are more than welcome to attend. Venue: Brandon Club, Main Street, Brandon, Coventry CV8 3HW
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127 of 141  Wed 4th Oct 2017 9:16am  
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128 of 141  Sun 29th Oct 2017 7:54am  
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Brandon Estates Ltd held a public exhibition on 19 October at the Brandon Hall Hotel to show their plans for housing development on the stadium site Residents, fans and the press, including television, were in attendance The "Save Coventry Speedway & Stox" campaign group have now published their reaction to the exhibition, and this can be read on their website here Perhaps those forum members with an interest in or who support the return of Coventry Stadium as a motor sports venue will back the campaign - please refer to the last three paragraphs in the campaign group's reaction on how to express such support
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129 of 141  Wed 1st Nov 2017 9:23am  
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Shocking state of Coventry Stadium Angry
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130 of 141  Thu 2nd Nov 2017 7:37pm  
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Campaign goes to Westminster
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131 of 141  Sat 23rd Dec 2017 8:59am  
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Christmas Statement from the Save Coventry Speedway group. We would like to extend our Season’s Greetings to all supporters of Speedway and Stock Car Racing at Coventry. Our thanks to all who have supported the Campaign Group efforts over the course of the year, and also to everyone who helped organise and supported the Challenge matches run in 2017 with Coventry Bees not running as part of the official league structure. It has been the worst year imaginable for everyone with a love for the sports at Brandon; from the shattering news that ‘agreements’ for future racing were not to be fulfilled, to the eventual omission of Coventry from the 2017 Premiership, to the deterioration in condition of the stadium throughout the year arising from the lack of security on-site by the owners. Brandon Estates bought the stadium for their own purposes, but in doing so they have shown zero regard for the 89-year history and heritage of the iconic venue, nor the fact that regular visits to Brandon to watch these family sports remained a way of life for many thousands of people throughout the season, right up until the end of 2016. In addition, the intransigence of the owners to engage in reasonable communication is a further indication of their motives, along with the material included within their official representations and public exhibition material – much of which is open to serious question. At the Exhibition in October, comments from the public were invited by planning consultants Framptons. We have seen a number of these responses, and the local reaction is clear - but as with the 2014 Exhibition arising from the initial plans, they appear to be a closely-guarded secret at this time. The display boards also indicated that an outline planning application would be submitted in Autumn 2017. At the time of writing, this has not taken place. We do not know the reason for that, but we can assure Brandon Estates – and their front-man, Monaco-based businessman John Downer – that as soon as their planning application is submitted, we will be ready with strong opposition. They must understand that they cannot simply take two major sports away from the region – sports which were both perfectly viable running in tandem at the stadium – merely on an outrageous speculative bid for development on land which had not been earmarked for that purpose, and expect everyone to sit back and let it happen. Our Campaign Group came together in its present form in the immediate aftermath of Coventry’s exclusion from the 2017 SGB Premiership, and our primary aim was to bring about a return to racing at the stadium for 2018 as well as establishing plans for the long-term continuation of both sports in the area. In those respects, we have regrettably been unsuccessful. The sheer depth of issues to be considered and resolved arising from the activities of recent years has been eye-opening in the extreme, and we have to respect the fact that the timescales of official business are sometimes longer than we would wish for. We believe there is tremendous momentum behind our campaign and overwhelming opposition to Brandon Estates' proposals. So our work will go on into 2018, and there are various events and hearings in the early part of the New Year which will play a vital part in matters going forward. Finally, we must emphasise to all who pass comment on the situation, often on social media, that the status of Brandon Stadium remains absolutely fundamental to the entire argument, and an acceptance that it has been lost to sport permanently is simply not an option. We wish every supporter of Speedway and Stock Car Racing a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and we hope 2018 provides some encouragement to everyone who wishes to see our two famous sports restored to their rightful place.
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132 of 141  Tue 26th Dec 2017 7:56am  
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Watch Nigel Harrhy's "Walk round Brandon" Oh my
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133 of 141  Tue 9th Jan 2018 9:57pm  
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Meanwhile, gypsies again arrived on site a few days ago - and in the early hours of yesterday morning a local resident called the fire brigade to a blaze in one of the turnstile blocks About ten caravans were in the car park, but with the help of Councillor Stokes, these have been moved on - and, hopefully, the site has been made (more) secure One wonders what might have occurred had the blaze not been spotted when it was - and whether there was a sinister reason behind the outbreak Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Jeff Davies' report:
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134 of 141  Wed 10th Jan 2018 4:58pm  
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"Coventry Observer" report
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135 of 141  Wed 10th Jan 2018 6:07pm  
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Listening to an interview on the Phil Upton show on BBC-CW radio this evening just before 5:00pm, a witness stated that although the owners said they had totally complied with the local Councils requirements for site security - in fact this person found one of the gated vehicle entrances secured with a small padlock..... fixed to an unsecured gatepost that appeared to be standing on top of a brick - thereby allowing the gate to be simply swung open!! Maybe someone from the Council should go take a look? Angry
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