We Want Wimbledon write to Eric Pickles in protest at Plough Lane "favouritism"
The battle for Plough Lane has been ramped up after campaigners to keep the greyhound track officially reported Merton council to the government for favouring rivals AFC Wimbledon.
A pressure group called We Want Wimbledon (WWW) has written to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles to complain Merton Council is "showing bias against a multi million pound plan for a new greyhound stadium."
A spokesman for WWW, Floyd Amphlett, said: "We believe Merton are compromised following discussions with AFC Wimbledon to try to replace the greyhound stadium with a new football ground, even though AFC have no moral right to the site and appear to lack the finance to see it through."
The group, which says its sole aim is to keep greyhound racing at Wimbledon Stadium, has insisted the council be monitored "to ensure that they do not conspire to evict greyhound racing from its Plough Lane home of 85 years."
Meanwhile AFC fans last weekend were handed a manifesto of the club's ambitious plans to build a £16m stadium ahead of their tie with Accrington Stanley.
The football team, which recently teamed up with one of the stadium's current owners Galliard Homes, is hoping to return to its spiritual home, down the road from where they played between 1912 and 1991, and build a 20,000 seater stadium in place of the dog track.
However, Irish business magnate Paschal Taggart is prepared to invest £60m to transform the greyhound stadium into "the Royal Ascot" of dog racing.
Leader of Wimbledon Council Stephen Alambritis, has rejected claims Merton Council has a favoured bidder.
He said: "Both sides have an equal chance of being successful and need to look at the financial deliverability of their plans.
There could be a situation where the two sides could share the stadium.
"I think the group (WWW) are anxious about the potential loss of London's last dog track, as are we, and that is understandable, but the council does not favour any one bid."
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