19th Sep, 2018

SAVE OUR BEES: Campaign calls on Coventry City Council to step in to help support axed Bees

THE OBSERVER’S Save Our Bees campaign is today calling on Coventry City Council leaders to say what they can do to help the traditional speedway club which bears the city’s name.

Although the Bees have been traditionally domiciled just outside the city boundary at Brandon, many distraught fans want to hear from the city council following the devastating news that they have been removed from the SGB Premiership.

The ban this season due to stadium and financial issues means the club is effectively no more from now, and it has been put up for sale by owner Mick Horton.

The Obsever yesterday contacted Coventry City Council and gave them until the end of the day to respond.

We have contacted them again today to invite them to express their concerns and state whether they believe they could contribute to any rescue mission.

The Coventry Bees is much-loved by generations of Coventrians, and many have this week articulated just how much deep affection there is for the world-famous Coventry sporting institution which for decades has attracted hundreds of thousands of fans from the city.

As the stadium lies within the Rugby Borough Council constituency, Coun Michael Stokes has been continually involved in talks throughout the winter to work out a resolution to keep the Bees on track this season.

No deal was ever signed.

Rugby Borough Council shares close links with Coventry City Council, including through their involvement in the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Though constant efforts from the BSPA were made during a bitter off-season, it would seem their hard-work has been plagued by empty promises from those involved at the club.

From Chris ‘Bomber’ Harris’ blasts around the safety fence to clinch many unthinkable race wins, to Martin Dugard’s memorable British GP win in 2000 and the fierce battles on track between M6 rivals Cradley, Coventry Stadium has hosted many a memorable moment.

And it cannot be lost.

Our campaign calls on the Coventry Bees, Brandon Estates, Rugby Borough Council and all relevant institutions to support:

1. Getting the world-famous Coventry Bees back on track for the 2018 SGB Premiership season.

2. Ensuring a long-term plan is developed so the Bees can look forward to a bright future away from their Brandon home once a potential lease ends.

Visit https://coventryobserver.co.uk/news/campaign-save-our-bees-a-coventry-observer-campaign-to-get-the-bees-back-on-track/ for more information.

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