21st Jan, 2018

Council's advice leads to spray paint being applied to Coventry Stadium entrance

THE owners of Coventry Stadium have applied spray paint to the gates securing the former speedway and stock car racing venue following an on site meeting with Rugby Borough Council.

After serving owners Brandon Estates Ltd with a Community Protection Notice, the Council held an on site meeting with Brandon Estates on Wednesday, November 1.

During the meeting, the Council advised Brandon Estates to make improvements to signage outside the stadium to make it clear that trespassers risk prosecution and that the venue is closed.

As a result, spray paint has been applied to the entrance gates. The paint covers words which previously advertised speedway and stock car racing at the stadium to the passing public.

A spokesman for Rugby Borough Council said: “Rugby Borough Council has served Brandon Estates with a Community Protection Notice which requires the company to clean up the stadium site and secure it to prevent further intrusions.

“During a recent meeting with representatives from Brandon Estates to discuss compliance with the notice, a number of security issues were raised, including suggested improvements to signage at the site to make it clear it was currently closed and trespassers risk prosecution.”

Meanwhile Brandon Estates told The Observer: “Brandon Estates Ltd are simply following the advice that was given.”

The issue was first raised by James Ansell on the Save Coventry Speedway Facebook group, which has more than 3,700 members.

The group, which was formed before Bees’ axe from the SGB Premiership, campaigns against any potential development plan and is a regular forum for concerned fans to voice their opinions and concerns.

Our Save Our Bees campaign continues to oppose plans for 137 homes to be built on the Coventry Stadium site and supports the short – and long-term – future of the Coventry Bees speedway team.

In February, it was announced that Bees were axed from the 2017 SGB Premiership following an off-track multi-party dispute.

Since then, supporters of the Bees have had no team to follow – ending decades of motorcycle speedway heritage in Coventry.

Use #SaveOurBees on Twitter or email your Bees memories to editor@coventryobserver.co.uk to support the campaign.

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