6th Jul, 2022

'Why?' Campaign group asks why speedway can't return after Warwickshire Police drop Coventry Stadium 'crime scene' case

WHY can’t speedway and stock car racing return to Coventry Stadium in time for the 2018 season?

That is the question being asked by members of the Save Coventry Speedway campaign group who met last night after it was confirmed Warwickshire Police would not be taking any action against Coventry Racing Club.

The popular motorsport venue was described as a ‘crime scene’ by owners Brandon Estates after various fixtures and fittings – including shale from the track, seats from the grandstand, and floodlights – were removed from the stadium.

Brandon Estates confirmed after the incident that until the police investigation was completed it was not clear what the future holds for Brandon Stadium.

But now all allegations against former Bees owner Avtar Sandhu and Coventry Racing Club have been dropped.

So why can’t an agreement be reached to return racing to Coventry Stadium next season?

The Save Coventry Speedway campaign group released the following statement to The Observer: “We are pleased to note that, contrary to suggestions that this matter would run for much of the year, the police inquiry has now been closed, and with no case for Avtar Sandhu and Coventry Racing Club to answer.

“Whilst we await a full statement from the police, which is expected this week, it was previously reported from representatives of the new stadium owners that the venue’s future would be uncertain until the investigations were complete.

“Given that Brandon can no longer be regarded as a potential crime scene, our question to the owners is now: why can we not return to the stadium for speedway and stock car racing, in the short term at least, whilst they pursue what may be a lengthy planning process?”

Our ‘Save Our Bees’ 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.

The campaign has already received support from local MPs, Bees riders past and present, and attracted thousands of Bees fans from across the country.

This club cannot be lost. We’re now asking, ‘why?’.

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