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Cam­paign­ers fight­ing the clo­sure of the cap­i­tal’s last re­main­ing mo­tor sport venue at Wim­ble­don Sta­dium have re­ceived a boost with the news that the gov­ern­ment could look to list the venue.

An email from the De­part­ment of Cul­ture, Me­dia and Sport said a re­view had thrown up suf­fi­cient new in­for­ma­tion to jus­tify the orig­i­nal de­ci­sion, which was re­jected early last year, now be­ing re­vis­ited.

A full as­sess­ment of the sta­dium will be con­ducted by His­toric Eng­land, in­clud­ing a site visit, ex­am­in­ing the de­tail of the sub­stan­tial body of in­for­ma­tion handed in by cam­paign­ers.

Cam­paigner Michael Bur­nage said: “As­sess­ments by His­toric Eng­land are con­ducted based on ‘read­ily avail­able in­for­ma­tion’. The orig­i­nal de­cline de­ci­sion we re­ceived high­lighted the com­plete lack of avail­able in­for­ma­tion about the sta­dium’s his­tory.

“As a team we set about rec­ti­fy­ing this new age prob­lem with an old school so­lu­tion. With boots on the ground we vis­ited nu­mer­ous li­braries and mu­se­ums, and spoke to for­mer em­ploy­ees and for­mer lo­cal res­i­dents who had since moved away from the area. It was ex­tremely hard work, but what we un­earthed is po­ten­tially game chang­ing and has ini­ti­ated this new as­sess­ment.”

His­toric Eng­land will now con­duct its as­sess­ment mind­ful that the bull­doz­ers are due in early April.

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