WE felt it appropriate to say a few words regarding the current status of the ‘name’ of Coventry Speedway.
This is an issue which we have largely steered clear of over the last two years as our battle has always been against the developers’ intention to destroy the stadium with no regard for the sports which took place there or the supporters of those sports, and without any intention to provide for their future in the area.
That is notwithstanding the fact that we always had grave doubts over the sustainability of a National League project involving Coventry Bees running out of Leicester – and that it was clear in the developers’ most recent Needs Assessment submission that they were using the team racing at Leicester (in the third tier) as a reason to argue that the former speedway use of Brandon was satisfactorily catered for elsewhere, in addition to their inaccurate and largely embarrassing analysis of stock car venues.
It has been reported on social media earlier this week that Coventry Speedway Ltd was dissolved in January; and additionally the official club website, which had previously displayed a status of ‘not being updated’ is currently offline.
We did not see the closure of the company as a matter for us to report in public, as we felt all announcements regarding the status of Coventry Speedway should come from the club itself.
Having said that, we can fully understand supporters will feel disappointed at the silence from the promotion following the end of last season – even though it was clear from attendances that very few had any serious interest in following NL racing 30 miles away from Brandon.
Coventry Speedway Ltd was formally dissolved on 22nd January 2019, and in February we spoke to Rugby Borough Council to make them aware of this and reassure them that this would not present any barrier to the name of Coventry Speedway re-entering the sport as and when a venue becomes available, subject to any prospective promotion satisfying the authorities’ normal tests.
The Council fully understand this point and the inherent differences of speedway compared to a sport such as football where clubs who have folded are often replaced by ‘phoenix’ clubs who start some way further down the pyramid.
The current status of the official club website is unclear at present, but we would like to place on record our thanks to AP Media, who have been the providers of that site since 2006 and have agreed to transfer a substantial amount of historical content to www.savecoventryspeedway.com so that the proud history of the club is maintained online.
We still await news of the independent report into issues surrounding the planning application, and of the Rugby Local Plan. We know that it’s now over 14 months since the planning application was submitted and the continued delay is frustrating, but we have no option but to work with the timescales of others.
We can once again reassure speedway and stock car supporters that our determination has not faded, we are still very active in terms of talking to everyone we can, and we have further meetings scheduled over the coming weeks as we seek to break the current impasse – one which benefits nobody.