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Lakeside Hammers petition in bid to return to Thurrock

PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 November 2018

Jon Cook of Lakeside Hammers (pic Rob Newell/TGS Photo)

Jon Cook of Lakeside Hammers (pic Rob Newell/TGS Photo)

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Lakeside Hammers have started a petition as they aim to return to Thurrock.

The Arena-Essex Raceway closed down earlier this year and was sold primarily for housing development – meaning the club were left without a home.

The Hammers will not be running during the 2019 season due to having nowhere to race after it was not permitted by the BSPA for them to continue racing at Rye House where they finished this season.

“The BSPA wouldn’t sanction us to use Rye House for a full season next year because of the manner that Rye House and themselves fell out,” co-promoter Jon Cook told BBC London.

“That gave us no home and no options, we were hoping for maybe third-party investment to help us go forward, but that was not the reality and the simple fact is we couldn’t use Rye House anyway.

“We now have to take the fight to another level and that may take a considerable period of time, but we know what has happened at two other tracks.

“Oxford closed in 2007 and it’s still closed, but it’s still a speedway track, and at Swindon last week the council made the very big statement that on land there where some houses are already being built the new speedway stadium has to be built before any more houses are built.

“The Arena-Essex site is massive and it’s common knowledge that half of site is not suitable for housing, it’s only suitable for a warehouse or daily use.

“It seems incredible to me that Thurrock Council can’t bang on the doors of the developers, as much as they’re insisting a track should be built in the borough if they can find the land; there is a whole load of land where we were.”

The petition has already got 1,389 signatures.

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