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HARRIS: JOIN FIGHT TO SAVE BRANDON

Coventry legend Chris Harris sent out a rallying call to speedway fans to join the fight against plans to demolish Bees’ Brandon home.

23 / 02 / 2018, 11:58

Coventry legend Chris Harris sent out a rallying call to speedway fans to join the fight against plans to demolish Bees’ Brandon home.

The club was kicked out of the Premiership before the start of the 2017 after losing their iconic venue during the winter of 2016/17 after it was sold to Brandon Estates, who have lodged plans to build up to 137 homes on the site.

Harris, who lives in the area, won three Elite League titles with the Bees and is gutted to see the venue where he rose to speedway stardom under threat.

It would be lovely if all the fans all over the country could send their objections. We don’t want to lose any speedway club. They need to get behind it, keep the stadium there and get the speedway back.

Chris Harris

Fans have until March 1 to submit their objections to Rugby Borough Council in the battle to save Brandon from the developers, and Bomber is calling on supporters from around the world to get behind a venue that has hosted FIM Speedway Grand Prix and FIM Speedway World Cup action in its storied history.

He said: “It would be lovely if all the fans all over the country could send their objections. We don’t want to lose any speedway club. They need to get behind it, keep the stadium there and get the speedway back.”

Harris believes the area couldn’t cope with the additional burden of a sizeable housing estate and feels residents of Brandon and Binley Woods would prefer a speedway track on their doorstep. He said: “I just hope it gets turned down. Residents in Binley Woods don’t want it. The school is not big enough and the roads can’t cope with the traffic.

“The speedway noise is only there once a week. The residents don’t complain about it and say they’d rather have that there than more people. People have grown up with it there and want it to remain a sports stadium.”

Another Bees great Scott Nicholls is also saddened to see Brandon standing silent and empty as a new season approaches. He sees no reason why Coventry couldn’t have carried on racing, at least while the stadium’s future was resolved.

He said: “Coventry is such a proud and iconic club, and to see what has happened in such a short space of time is just awful, especially when I and many other people have so many good and special memories from there.

“I just can’t understand the whole thing to be honest, and I don’t know why they haven’t been allowing the sports to run in the interim while they can’t do anything and while they’re trying to establish what they’re doing with it.

“I know there are all sorts of legal things going on behind what they’re trying to achieve, but it’s so sad for it to be like that.

“It leaves an empty feeling in your stomach, to think it’s been trashed in that way and the way people have treated it.”

Fans wishing to submit their comments about plans to demolish Brandon can do so via Rugby Borough Council’s website. Click here: http://bit.ly/2C98i4g.

 

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