Wimbledon campaigners talk with MPS
Campaigners behind the petition to save Wimbledon Stadium have met with members of the All Party Parliamentary Motor Group at Westminster last week in the latest bid to stop the arena being bulldozed.
More than 12,000 members of the public have signed a petition to complain about plans for a new 11,000 allseater football stadium on the site of the current racing venue.
Local fan Peter Gray had met the local MP Stephen Hammond in December. Last week, he met with Richard Burden MP and Julian Knight MP, both members of the motor group.
“Both were extremely helpful in guiding us forward to where they felt we should be concentrating our efforts, particularly through Sport England,” said Gray.
Sport England is a public body that encourages participation in all sports, but Gray said that despite his efforts to contact the group, he had not had any response.
“The problem with that is that Sport England, like so many organisations, they are simply not returning our calls or emails,” said Gray. “It is incredibly disappointing as it feels like our sport is insignificant to these people, but we’ll keep on approaching them and hopefully we can get through to them.”
Representatives of the Save Wimbledon Stadium group have also met with London’s deputy mayor Sir Edward Lister. “He came down with his team to meet us, and we were afforded the chance to outline our position. We seized the chance to garner information about the process from the people at the heart of it,” said campaigner Michael Burnage.