Following a number of meetings last week with our legal and professional team, we are confident that our campaign is as strong as ever. Our lawyer and Transport Consultant have identified a number of issues in the Applicant’s recent submissions and we have made further representations to rebut many of their statements. The Applicant has attempted to convince the Planning Committee that Belle Vue only races on a Saturday to the public and as it is underused and should be redeveloped. We have proved beyond doubt that we are viable and my thanks go to BAGS for writing a letter of support which clearly demonstrates that Greyhound Racing is a global betting product and Belle Vue is part of that market.
We have to thank all those who have stuck with us through this campaign, we have a great set of owners and trainers and they are still buying dogs and keeping the show on the road and particularly at a time when there has been an unwelcomed cut in prize money, another widespread effect of betting shop closures.
We now wait until August 6th to see if the Planning Committee will hear the application on August 22nd . Our continued thanks go to Startrax Motor Racing for their continued support.
Update - FOBVS _ ACV Team - Re Planning application defence.
We will NOT be on the agenda for the 22nd August, too many reports are outstanding from Sport England, Transport for greater Manchester and the applicant , next agenda closes on the 3rd of September for the 19th September meeting.
Hi All, As I suggested might well happen when I sent out the last update!
We are not on the Agenda for the Sept' Planning meeting, as confirmed very recently by email from Jeni Regan from the planning office!
The next possible date is October 17th, which is more realistic for the RTA to be completed for new submission by CEstates/Crown Oil, and even then it might be cutting things fine. I expect October - but I have been known to get things wrong B4. lol
*One or two of our group haven't helped our cause by NOT putting down unwelcome rumors!
I have always said to you all, that you will hear the news as soon as either Simon or myself get it! As part of ACV we have to be informed legally if and when something happens, right away or pretty damn quickly!
Help us, help our group, by squashing silly rumor, let us try to remain positive at all times while we are still in there swinging!
Our thanks to Simon for the continuance of his sterling good work on our behalf!
Following further discussions with planning, I have just been informed that there are a number of issues still to be resolved!
Amongst these, are two that are of particular interest to you at this stage!
There is still an outstanding issue related to Sport England, who have raised objections and at this stage are unwilling to withdraw these objections unless their objections are met satisfactorily - in full!
Secondly - there are is an issue regarding the viability of the submission which planning do not appear to be happy with. One part of this is the issue of affordable housing contained within the plan, which is currently considered not to be sufficient to suit planning!
These issues would need to be resolved before any further progress can be made towards submission point being reached!
Not wishing to build false hope, there appears to be enough incentive in this latest little snippet of news, for us to remain ever hopeful in our continued quest for survival!
It is now anyone's guess when this plan will reach submission point? Our fervent hope - is never!