campaign called 'Save our Stow' (SOS) has been set up by pro-greyhound
racing enthusiasts who are supported by some MP's and who are
desperate to revive the stadium, the SOS consortium has submitted
new plans that would bring back greyhound racing to Walthamstow.
WE MUST NOT LET THIS HAPPEN
The latest news according to the recent BBC article below reveals
that the consortium hoping to revive greyhound racing at Walthamstow
dog track has submitted alternative plans for the site which include
a multiplex cinema. Campaigners are fighting to save the East
London stadium which was bought in May by developers planning
to build up to 500 homes on the site. The consortium's plans will
retain the track, alongside new flats, a bowling alley, sports
facilities and a library.
Please see the full BBC news article here and below - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7599766.stm
also an update on the 'Save Our Stow' site here - http://saveourstow.wordpress.com/2008/09/06/new-plans-for-the-stadium/
According to the 'Save Our Stow' site, the consortium will be
presenting these new plans to London & Quadrant (L&Q)
the current owners of the site in a meeting on 17th September.
In our opinion the consortium is trying to make their plans for
the site look as appealing as possible not only for their presentation
with L&Q but also for Waltham Forest Council so that these
plans will be given the go ahead.
can we do?
We have already in a previous appeal called on all our supporters
to write to the housing company's who have bought the stadium
in the hope that we can persuade them not to sell the site to
the consortium and we hope these companies will take into consideration
the correspondence they have received from ourselves and our supporters
who kindly took the time to write, that is now their decision,
however, we need to do all we can to stop these new plans from
going through so we are calling on all our supporters national
and international once again to inundate and educate, this time
we need to write to all the councillors on the planning committee
at Waltham Forest Council who will need to approve any planning
permission submitted for the Walthamstow site.
Whilst it is of course vitally important to educate the councillors
about the apalling atrocities involved in greyhound racing we
must also face the fact that animal welfare is not taken into
consideration when planning applications are submitted, as disgusting
as this may be it is sadly the case, so we also need to highlight
certain 'planning issues' that the council can relate to, we feel
the main 'planning issue' that could be played upon when writing
to the councillors is the 'invasion of privacy' and possible 'noise
pollution' that could be a concern for local residents living
in and around the Walthamstow site if a multiplex cinema and other
public facilities were to be built in the vicinity, also the fact
that L&Q the current owners of the site are proposing to build
up to 500 homes on the site which will provide necessary affordable
housing to London residents at a time when so many people are
struggling to get on the property ladder, this would be drastically
reduced if the stadium were to be saved, would the council really
prefer to see local people miss out on affordable housing so that
existing residents can enjoy the luxury of unecessary leisure
Let's do all we can to protect the greyhounds
and put a stop now to any possible attempts at re-opening the
Walthamstow stadium. Together we helped to stop a greyhound track
from opening in Cockermouth UK, we can do it again with Walthamstow!!!
Please spare the time to write to the councillors at the Waltham
Forest Council listed below expressing your concerns at your earliest
possible convenience, we need to nip this one in the bud!!!
Please copy and paste this video link into your email to the councillors
so they can see the true plight of the racing greyhound- Volume
remember you can find lots of info about the dark side of greyhound
and to http://www.greyhoundaction.org.uk/facts7.html
feel free to consult, quote and refer people to them.
REMEMBER TO KEEP ALL CORRESPONDENCE POLITE
Many, many thanks for your kind and much needed support
Greyhound Crusaders/ SWAP team UK
We all make the difference
Councillors on the Planning Committee
of Waltham Forest Council
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more than welcome.
Councillor Alan Siggers,
Waltham Forest Town Hall,
Councillor Robert Wheatley,
Waltham Forest Town Hall,
BBC News article on new plans to
save Walthamstow stadium
New plans for Walthamstow stadium
consortium hoping to revive greyhound racing at Walthamstow dog
track has submitted alternative plans for the site which include
a multiplex cinema.
are fighting to save the east London stadium which was bought
in May by developers planning to build up to 500 homes on the
consortium's plans will retain the track, alongside new flats,
a bowling alley, sports facilities and a library.
dog track closed last month after 75 years of greyhound racing.
Friday campaigners backing the plans to keep the dog track took
part in a demonstration outside Waltham Forest Town Hall.
Holloway, who is leading the Save our Stow (SOS) consortium bid,
said: "As it's such an iconic stadium and landmark of east
London we are hoping the council will realise they cannot afford
to lose the 'Stow and more leisure facilities for the people...
of Waltham Forest council.
developers only want to build houses, but the whole of Waltham
Forest doesn't have a cinema."
Holloway said the plans had the backing of local MPs and on Friday
they received an email asking them to send details of their campaign
to the mayor of London.
also said plans to build up to 500 new homes by owners, London
and Quadrant Housing Trust (L&Q), would turn the area into
a "concrete jungle".
said it had agreed to meet the SOS consortium on 17 September
"for them to present a more detailed business proposal and
to provide evidence that funds are available for any proposed
Forest Council's councillor Terry Wheeler, said: "The council
will be working extremely hard to ensure that the listed aspects
of the stadium - namely the facade and the kennels - are safeguarded
during any future development."
said the council also wanted to ensure any development was sympathetic
to the area and "provides much needed affordable housing".
stadium was first opened in 1933 by William Chandler, who had
started out operating as an illegal street bookmaker.
addition to its regular fans, it has hosted public figures such
as Sir Winston Churchill and actors Lana Turner, Vinnie Jones
and Brad Pitt.
former owners said poor attendances and the advent of high street
and internet gambling had made the track "unsustainable".
the consortium has offered £1m more than the figure paid
for the stadium - thought to be between £20m and £30m
- to take over the site.
from BBC NEWS:
2008/09/05 13:25:14 GMT