A FORMAL notice has been handed to Brandon Estates – owners of Coventry Stadium – by Rugby Borough Council following security and site maintenance concerns raised by local residents.
The Council has issued the notice in accordance with section 43 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.
A letter, signed by the Council’s head of environment and public realm, states: “The Council is satisfied that your (Brandon Estates) conduct is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of others in the locality.”
The letter adds that an accumulation of waste and inadequately secured land provides the chance for unauthorised access.
Delivery of the notice means Brandon Estates must now fulfil several key requirements by 8am on Monday, October 9.
The requirements include:
1. Ensuring no waste and unsightly items accumulate on the land that will have a detrimental impact on the quality of life of others living next to the stadium.
2. To adequately secure the sight against access by unauthorised persons.
3. Coventry Stadium itself must be sufficiently secured to prevent further break ins.
4. To ensure regular monitoring and inspection of the land is carried out every 14 days.
5. To not allow the premises to deteriorate to the extent that such premises becomes detrimental to the quality of life of others in the locality.
Since the letter was published, the Coventry Observer – as part of our ongoing Save Our Bees campaign – has pitched questions to Brandon Estates.
After missing two set deadlines, Brandon Estates did respond to our questions.
You can read them below:
1.Brandon Estates claimed residents were ‘living in fear’ earlier this year – does this warning from the council suggest the reason for residents supposedly ‘living in fear’ lies with Brandon Estates?
“It had been reported to the solicitors acting for Brandon Estates that local residents were living in fear of the gypsies.
“It was known that the gypsies had threatened the local public and also gypsy children were found within the curtilage/houses of the local residents.”
2.What does Brandon Estates intend to do to up security levels at the site to ensure security at the site and safety of residents?
“Brandon Estates continually improve security on the site.
“However, the gypsies equally continually break substantial security locks and smash their way into the site.”
3.Images we have received of the site reveal smashed windows. Why has this been allowed to happen to a stadium with such rich sporting heritage?
“The facts are that a lawyer for Brandon Estates was threatened with physical violence in the presence of four police officers and two Rugby Council employees.
“It is disappointing, to say the least, that no action was taken against those responsible.”
4. Can worried fans, residents, and world-wide followers of stock car and speedway racing be assured the site will return to its former state from January – we have reasonable images of the site from said month?
“I am afraid it is not possible to give that assurance.”