David Sullivan, former joint owner of Birmingham City Football Club and one of the country’s leading businessmen confirmed that he has been actively involved in the negotiations to purchase Walthamstow Stadium. See the Press Release
David Sullivan’s company, whose representative is Nick Budimir, has written to London and Quadrant stating its intention to buy the stadium. The letter to L&Q sets out the financial status of the company and its clear financial ability to purchase the site.
We are also pleased to advise that Maurice Watkins, (Chairman of the Greyhound Board of Great Britain-the governing body for licensed greyhound racing in England, Scotland and Wales) has written to Mayor of London’s planning office (download the letter). Mr Watkins offers his full support to the efforts being made to re-open the track and looks forward to discussing with Messrs Sullivan and Budimir and their associates how the GBGB can lend further support. SOS would like to thank Mr Watkins and the GBGB.
London and Quadrant are failing in their bid to turn the site in to a concrete jungle. L&Q have been in talks with the planning department of the Greater London Authority for over a year trying to convince them about their residential plans. Each time their plans have been rejected as being ‘too high density’ and ‘not in keeping with the Mayor’s plans for London’. Local planning policy also supports the retention of employment and leisure use on the site and not a change of use to housing.
The above information demonstrates that there is a viable alternative to housing on the site, that alternative being a vibrant and exciting leisure and entertainment complex which includes greyhound racing.
We would like everyone to write to the following people to urge the racing is brought back to Walthamstow Stadium and to inform them of this news.
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Boris Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Exec of Waltham Forest Council, Andrew Kilburn, email@example.com
Leader of the Council Chris Robbins, firstname.lastname@example.org
And cc the following people if you have time.
Ron Presswell, Urban Design: email@example.com
Chris Dransfield, Employment and Skills: firstname.lastname@example.org
Munawar Hussain, Business and Enterprise : email@example.com
Chris Berry, Physical Regeneration : firstname.lastname@example.org