Wim­ble­don cam­paign­ers talk with MPS

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene -

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.

Wim­ble­don is fac­ing the axe but cam­paign­ers are fight­ing

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