Final lap for stock car racing at Wimbledon Stadium in Plough Lane?

Stock car racing at Wimbledon stadium

Stock car racing at Wimbledon stadium

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Stock car racing at Wimbledon Greyhound stadium appears set to end.

The loss of the motorsport's only London venue has been spelled after Irish businessman Paschal Taggart confirmed his multi-million pound redevelopment plan to turn the stadium into the 'Royal Ascot of greyhound racing' would not include provision for the sport.

Speedway racing, involving motorbikes, could however return after being dropped in 2005.

Mr Taggart's proposal is one of two for the Plough Lane site being considered by independent Government inspector after a Merton Council hearing at the end of last month.

An alternative plan to bring AFC Wimbledon back to Plough Lane would also spell the end of stock car racing at the site.

Mr Taggart said residents seem to be against plans to keep the sport at the site because of the noise and pollution levels.

He said: "Residents came to us and said they don't like it.

"They will be calling the shots on any planning applications whether it is for us or for AFC Wimbledon."

Former stock car racer Mark Cossey said it would be a shame if the sport was to go.

Mr Cossey said: "It is the only motorsport venue in London, it would be a great shame.

"We used to get 15,000 people there and last weekend it was packed.

"I am 44-years-old now and I have been racing since I was five."

Sam Read, a fan of stock car racing for more than ten years, said: "I was mortified when I found out.

"It would be nice if they kept it open, it's a nice track.

"It is entertaining for adults and children and there are rarely any problems."

However, Jon Stevens is a former speedway rider, was delighted his sport could be returning to the borough.

Mr Stevens, of Mitcham, said: "It is a very family orientated sport.

"It is not very noisy because it is strictly regulated.

"Wimbledon had a big fan base and could be the same again.

"Speedway and greyhounds go hand in hand."

A decision on the two proposals for the site is expected to be made by the inspector in April of this year.

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11:21pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Ilusions says...

Considering the original plan by Mr Taggart included stock cars which has now been removed, I hope his bid fails along with that of afc wimbledon.
Stock car racing at Wimbledon is already strictly controlled in terms of noise and has to be finished by a certain time. The racing season is very short and all in all no more than a few months of the year. How about the many Londoners who enjoy using the track in its current capacity, no mention of them? As usual a one sided story with no mention at all of the huge support and use the stadium still enjoys at banger meets.
50 years of heritage gone and the council gave it the nod. Shame on them and those who sold us out.
Considering the original plan by Mr Taggart included stock cars which has now been removed, I hope his bid fails along with that of afc wimbledon. Stock car racing at Wimbledon is already strictly controlled in terms of noise and has to be finished by a certain time. The racing season is very short and all in all no more than a few months of the year. How about the many Londoners who enjoy using the track in its current capacity, no mention of them? As usual a one sided story with no mention at all of the huge support and use the stadium still enjoys at banger meets. 50 years of heritage gone and the council gave it the nod. Shame on them and those who sold us out. Ilusions
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6:32am Sun 16 Feb 14

Michael Barltrop says...

Relocating stock car racing from Sundays to Saturday nights would address the issue of noise for local residents. The noise problem relates to its intrusion on Sunday nights. Everybody in the world goes out on Saturday nights but reserves Sundays for visits from their parents and local friends. Would a Saturday night switch impact the gate returns for stock car racing? Well, no actually. The returns go up on Saturday nights, as we already see in the case of every other sport in the world. Sunday night sports are a television invention from back in the stone age before phones and ipads became 24 hour tv sets. I think there are a lot of stupid people around who have no business sense, or just want an easy life and don't want to change with the times. Speedway and stock cars are entirely compatable and there is no need for a list of alternatives. just some brains would nice. I want AFC Wimbledon to come back, but they didm't have to leave in the first place. They left to chase money elsewhere and will do again.
Relocating stock car racing from Sundays to Saturday nights would address the issue of noise for local residents. The noise problem relates to its intrusion on Sunday nights. Everybody in the world goes out on Saturday nights but reserves Sundays for visits from their parents and local friends. Would a Saturday night switch impact the gate returns for stock car racing? Well, no actually. The returns go up on Saturday nights, as we already see in the case of every other sport in the world. Sunday night sports are a television invention from back in the stone age before phones and ipads became 24 hour tv sets. I think there are a lot of stupid people around who have no business sense, or just want an easy life and don't want to change with the times. Speedway and stock cars are entirely compatable and there is no need for a list of alternatives. just some brains would nice. I want AFC Wimbledon to come back, but they didm't have to leave in the first place. They left to chase money elsewhere and will do again. Michael Barltrop
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8:12pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Ilusions says...

Michael Barltrop wrote:
Relocating stock car racing from Sundays to Saturday nights would address the issue of noise for local residents. The noise problem relates to its intrusion on Sunday nights. Everybody in the world goes out on Saturday nights but reserves Sundays for visits from their parents and local friends. Would a Saturday night switch impact the gate returns for stock car racing? Well, no actually. The returns go up on Saturday nights, as we already see in the case of every other sport in the world. Sunday night sports are a television invention from back in the stone age before phones and ipads became 24 hour tv sets. I think there are a lot of stupid people around who have no business sense, or just want an easy life and don't want to change with the times. Speedway and stock cars are entirely compatable and there is no need for a list of alternatives. just some brains would nice. I want AFC Wimbledon to come back, but they didm't have to leave in the first place. They left to chase money elsewhere and will do again.
Stock car racing has been a regular Sunday night fixture at Plough Lane since 1962 so unless you have lived there before that then it's a bit like moving next to a railway line and complaining about the noise. MK Dons would have more of a claim to the place than afc and even that's stretching it! Why the football nor greyhound people bidding for the site couldn't have included us stock car fans in their plans is beyond me.
[quote][p][bold]Michael Barltrop[/bold] wrote: Relocating stock car racing from Sundays to Saturday nights would address the issue of noise for local residents. The noise problem relates to its intrusion on Sunday nights. Everybody in the world goes out on Saturday nights but reserves Sundays for visits from their parents and local friends. Would a Saturday night switch impact the gate returns for stock car racing? Well, no actually. The returns go up on Saturday nights, as we already see in the case of every other sport in the world. Sunday night sports are a television invention from back in the stone age before phones and ipads became 24 hour tv sets. I think there are a lot of stupid people around who have no business sense, or just want an easy life and don't want to change with the times. Speedway and stock cars are entirely compatable and there is no need for a list of alternatives. just some brains would nice. I want AFC Wimbledon to come back, but they didm't have to leave in the first place. They left to chase money elsewhere and will do again.[/p][/quote]Stock car racing has been a regular Sunday night fixture at Plough Lane since 1962 so unless you have lived there before that then it's a bit like moving next to a railway line and complaining about the noise. MK Dons would have more of a claim to the place than afc and even that's stretching it! Why the football nor greyhound people bidding for the site couldn't have included us stock car fans in their plans is beyond me. Ilusions
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5:20am Wed 19 Feb 14

short circuit fan says...

This is sad news. Wimbledon has raced stock cars on a Saturday Night, and I'm sure it was the dog racing that caused the switch to Sundays, but they have raced on Sunday for decades now. I just cannot understand why, having been through the pain of loosing their own pitch, that true sports fans, would want to displace other sports on their return? So many sporting venues have been lost to retail and housing, surely what is left should be cherished.

This is London's last Motorsport venue, it is the last stadium of its kind, it should be cherished and restored.

The local council must of given permission for change of use of the original pitch to flats? Let's not repeat that terrible mistake and loose another cherished sporting venue. There were 3 other potential sites for the football pitch, why are those not being considered first?
This is sad news. Wimbledon has raced stock cars on a Saturday Night, and I'm sure it was the dog racing that caused the switch to Sundays, but they have raced on Sunday for decades now. I just cannot understand why, having been through the pain of loosing their own pitch, that true sports fans, would want to displace other sports on their return? So many sporting venues have been lost to retail and housing, surely what is left should be cherished. This is London's last Motorsport venue, it is the last stadium of its kind, it should be cherished and restored. The local council must of given permission for change of use of the original pitch to flats? Let's not repeat that terrible mistake and loose another cherished sporting venue. There were 3 other potential sites for the football pitch, why are those not being considered first? short circuit fan
  • Score: 1

8:53pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Ilusions says...

short circuit fan wrote:
This is sad news. Wimbledon has raced stock cars on a Saturday Night, and I'm sure it was the dog racing that caused the switch to Sundays, but they have raced on Sunday for decades now. I just cannot understand why, having been through the pain of loosing their own pitch, that true sports fans, would want to displace other sports on their return? So many sporting venues have been lost to retail and housing, surely what is left should be cherished.

This is London's last Motorsport venue, it is the last stadium of its kind, it should be cherished and restored.

The local council must of given permission for change of use of the original pitch to flats? Let's not repeat that terrible mistake and loose another cherished sporting venue. There were 3 other potential sites for the football pitch, why are those not being considered first?
AFC viewed something like 18 sites in the area but apparently only Plough Lane is suitable...
Merton Council are having a touch of guilt over removing the covenant on the original football site up the road so now it seems us stock car and greyhound fans will pay the price with our stadium.
AFC Wimbledon should really be asking Merton council why they removed the original sports clause and allowed it to become housing. I hope afc go bust.
[quote][p][bold]short circuit fan[/bold] wrote: This is sad news. Wimbledon has raced stock cars on a Saturday Night, and I'm sure it was the dog racing that caused the switch to Sundays, but they have raced on Sunday for decades now. I just cannot understand why, having been through the pain of loosing their own pitch, that true sports fans, would want to displace other sports on their return? So many sporting venues have been lost to retail and housing, surely what is left should be cherished. This is London's last Motorsport venue, it is the last stadium of its kind, it should be cherished and restored. The local council must of given permission for change of use of the original pitch to flats? Let's not repeat that terrible mistake and loose another cherished sporting venue. There were 3 other potential sites for the football pitch, why are those not being considered first?[/p][/quote]AFC viewed something like 18 sites in the area but apparently only Plough Lane is suitable... Merton Council are having a touch of guilt over removing the covenant on the original football site up the road so now it seems us stock car and greyhound fans will pay the price with our stadium. AFC Wimbledon should really be asking Merton council why they removed the original sports clause and allowed it to become housing. I hope afc go bust. Ilusions
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