Following on from the Heritage Minister’s statement in Parliament on Tuesday, Bob Morton gave the green light for the start of his planning application for the world famous “Stow” greyhound stadium.
Mr Morton has now provided his alternative plan to restore the heritage of the site for its original use, in line with the preferred option under planning policy as outlined by the Heritage minister John Penrose in Westminster.
The plans by L&Q offer no worthwhile leisure facility for anyone outside their proposed housing estate. In fact, a pocket allotment & four leisure rooms in one building is an insult and a farcical replacement for the world famous stadium – and falls well short of the leisure facilities required for the site. L&Q plans even include knocking down part of a listed building in order to place a road around the estate. In a recent consultation, L&Q offered no alternative to the residents – only options for the four leisure rooms and they have never asked residents whether they would like the dog track back. L&Q have failed to make public that they will lose over £25 million if they were ever allowed to build. The game is now over for this public body, whose Directors take £250,000 a year from the public purse, and have failed the taxpayer with their purchase of the stadium. If they carry on with their application, the land value will fall from its current value of £8 million to just £4 million once rejected. The Secretary of State has also ruled that a site along the road would have too many houses on it and, if that rule was applied to the Stow, only 120 houses would be allowed. So, even on appeal L&Q can’t win – but they run the risk of a drastic loss once rejected.
The Greyhound Board of Great Britain also issued a statement to say that it was “absurd” for L&Q to assert that the Stow was not viable.
Iain Duncan-Smith today announced Mr Morton’s plans and gave his full backing, calling upon L&Q to sell now and stop wasting any more tax payer money on land they paid far too much for……
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Save Walthamstow CinemaSave Walthamstow Cinema hopes that Waltham Forest Council take the same decision with Walthamstow Stadium as they did with Walthamstow's EMD/Granada cinema. Namely to help safeguard it's future as one of the borough's most important leisure venues and heritage assets; providing a source of employment, pride, enjoyment and identity for future generations of Waltham Forest residents and visitors.
Residents viewsNo.1 Simply put L&Q have become a massive organisation and cash rich. They are doing what they want. The land banking of the Stow site when there is a perfectly viable alternative proposal that will benefit all the community is almost criminal. The delivery of social housing and affordable homes is now effectively privatised and these large organisations need feeding. I am not surprised they have ignored most of who will be affected as they have never asked anyone if they want the return of the Stow. I hope the Councillors have seen through all this and refuse any L&Q applications until they learn to consult properly and react accordingly.
- No.2 Did anyone notice that in last weeks waltham forest guardian there were no less that 3 seperate articles involving L&Q, In all 3 articles the residents of waltham forest disagree with L&Qs proposals and plans, yet L&Q still maintain “Thats its plans are shaped in consultation with local residents” are they talking about the 6% of local residents that were undecided whether they want greyhound racing to be returned to the “stow”. If L&Q are prepared to brush aside the wishes of 94% of local residents in order to get what they want then this says a lot about them as a charity, In my opinion, even though L&Q say thay will make a loss of £25 million if they redevelop the stow, The executives will probably earn tens of thousands of pounds from tendering contracts to various building companies and trades who will be queing up to do the work, i wonder where this money will go? i doubt if it will end up in L&Qs bank account, maybe thats why they are happy to make a loss of £25 million of taxpayers money so that they can beef up their own bank accounts. This whole affair leaves a very nasty taste in my mouth, It is now time for the government to step in and put an end to this blatant wastage of taxpayers money and bring those responsable to justice, L&Qs behavior makes the MPs expenses scandal look like petty.