5th Jul, 2022

Council leader urges fans to get behind their teams as late night talks resolve Coventry Stadium contractual issues

THE LEADER of Rugby Borough Council has urged fans of Coventry Bees and CoventryStox to get behind their teams after late night talks resolved various contractual issues.

The Brandon site has been the topic of much conversation throughout the past week after fans first noticed floodlights and seats were missing from the site last Thursday.

Since then, further action has been taken on the Brandon site including the removal of shale from the track, the barrier separating the speedway track from the un-used greyhound track, the safety airfence and electrical wiring has been damaged.

However following discussions Mr Sandhu has agreed to put the stadium back to an operational state, meaning both Stock Car racing and The Bees can take to the track in 2017.

In a statement posted online this morning, Coun Stokes said he offered to facilitate talks between the interested parties following the events of the last six days.

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He said: “I am pleased to say that both Mr Sandhu and Mr Horton were both very receptive to holding further discussions and engaged fully.

“This has been a very difficult and complicated situation and neither Sandhu or Horton own the land and there were some legalities at play around the end of leases.

“Of course the actions over the last few days have been concerning to local residents and fans and have been widely reported on social media and in the local news outlets.”

Coun Stokes stepped in after listening fully to both side, where he deemed it necessary to step in to protect the assests at the stadium.

He added: “I am confident this was neither a negotiating tactic or an act of spite.

“Talks were difficult and went on well into the night.

“Both Mr Sandhu and Mr Horton have a clear passion for motorsport and Brandon Stadium and through this passion both parties were able to overcome the contractual issues.

“I am very pleased to say I was able to successfully facilitate talks that led to an agreement being reached by both parties.

“This is an exceptional reprieve and an opportunity that should not be wasted.”

It is unknown when work to return Coventry Stadium back to its original state will commence.

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