Hope for crum­bling Crys­tal Palace

Athletics Weekly - - News -

AN on­line pe­ti­tion has been set up to ask that plans for the re­de­vel­op­ment of the Saf­fron Lane Athletics Track in Le­ices­ter be re­con­sid­ered, writes

David Brown.

Ac­cord­ing to the Le­ices­ter­shire & Rut­land Athletics As­so­ci­a­tion’s web­site, an email was sent out by Le­ices­ter

City Coun­cil to in­vite those af­fected by the plans to a meet­ing in early Septem­ber, stat­ing that “the work aims to im­prove the in­field of the track so that we are able to max­imise the use of the in­field for other sports when it is not be­ing used by athletics”.

The plans sug­gest that the in­field could be used for Amer­i­can Foot­ball. In ad­di­tion, the coun­cil noted that they are keen to en­sure “the im­prove­ments are en­tirely com­ple­men­tary to athletics”.

How­ever, Aneska But­ton, the county schools meet­ing or­gan­iser and track and field team man­ager for Le­ices­ter­shire and Rut­land, has con­cerns that the re­de­vel­op­ment could af­fect train­ing and “deny hun­dreds of ath­letes of all ages and abil­i­ties the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in athletics par­tic­u­larly at com­pe­ti­tion level”.

She added: “My hope is the pe­ti­tion will not only make Le­ices­ter

City Coun­cil re­con­sider their cur­rent re­de­vel­op­ment plans for Saf­fron

Lane Athletics Track but will also be a cat­a­lyst for dis­cus­sions with the coun­cil which in­clude all mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity. This should in­clude schools, clubs, dis­abil­ity groups, univer­si­ties, athletics of­fi­cials and Eng­land

Athletics.

“This should hope­fully en­sure that a plan to se­cure funds to up­date cur­rent fa­cil­i­ties com­bined with a vi­sion of how the sports cen­tre could be run in a man­ner to en­sure it can be en­joyed by fu­ture gen­er­a­tions could be planned in an open and trans­par­ent man­ner.”

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