Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, has declared
his support for greyhound racing at Walthamstow Stadium and urged London and
Quadrant to listen to the needs and wishes of local people. He said in a


“London has a rich tradition of dog
racing and it is lamentable that some of its iconic stadia have suffered
decline and closure in recent years.  I
urge Londoners to support this increasingly endangered pursuit and the owners
of the remaining stadiums to preserve these in active use 
or dog racing for the benefit of Londoners. I urge the owners of Walthamstow Stadium to
take full consideration of the needs and wishes of local people with regard to
the future of this sporting venue.”

Iain Duncan Smith, MP for Chingford, and
Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow, said in a joint statement:

“We welcome this breakthrough in trying
to progress the future of Walthamstow Stadium - Boris joins us in wanting to
see this site being brought back into use for the benefit of the local economy
and the local community and being concerned at the antics of the housing
developer who currently owns it. W
e hope London and Quadrant get the message
loud and clear that they need to start talking seriously to developers like Mr
Morton to see if a deal can be done to restore the track and bring housing to
the area - the patience of the people of Walthamstow and Chingford will not
stand for anything less.”

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