WE have been inundated this week with responses to our call for tradesmen/women who would be interested in helping to restore Brandon.
Less than 48 hours after the message first appeared on the website, we had already put together a register of nearly 100 people.
These are people with all sorts of different skill-sets: electricians, plumbers, carpenters, gas engineers, glaziers – amongst many others. We even have a chef willing to feed the workers, paramedics who would be on hand to deal with any injuries on-site, and suppliers of specialist clothing and materials.
It has been a truly astonishing response, and not just from the local area: there are also people willing to travel a significant distance to play their part.
What we would love to do is be able to open the stadium next week and get the work done. Sadly, that isn’t going to be possible at this stage.
However, the response of this week has been of massive use to the campaign, because it will enable us to counter the next surveyor’s report commissioned by Brandon Estates – which will doubtless reach the conclusion that the stadium requires far more work and investment than the initial £1m they quoted in December 2016.
Even though all of the damage that has occurred since Brandon Estates took the keys has been down to their own totally inadequate security, they will use it as yet another opportunity to fit their own narrative of the stadium being ‘unviable.’
We can prove that Brandon is a community asset and, if necessary, the community will come together to restore it.
The scale of response in such a short space of time – as well as the hundreds and hundreds of objections being submitted to Rugby Borough Council – also confirms the developers will never be able to win their case against the ‘ongoing need’ for a speedway and stock car venue in the area.
They falsely state the sports are suffering from a substantial number of stadium closures nationally, as if to attempt to provide some justification for closing Coventry. The evidence is totally different, and we will continue to fight their outrageous claims.
Many thanks once again for the brilliant response - we hope at some point in the future to be able take you up on your offer and call on you to utilise your skills.