Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy today stepped up the campaign to save Walthamstow Dog Track by calling on the Government to meet with her and Save our Stow to discuss the fate of the site whilst speaking in the House of Commons.


Speaking after raising the matter in parliament Stella said:

“L&Q have now said they won’t even start to look at options for our dog track until 2012 - meaning the site could be left derelict for years. Meanwhile we know investors want to work with them to try to restore the site and include housing in their plans. Talks must start immediately to see if a deal can be done to benefit all concerned. I asked L&Q to name their price for the site in my maiden speech and now I’m asking Ministers to intervene because its time the people of Walthamstow got some answers about the future of our Dog Track.  “  


As part of this campaign, this week Stella also worked with other MPs to table an Early Day Motion calling for talks to take place and has tabled questions to the Department of Local Communities and Government to identify if London and Quadrant will secure public subsidy for their plans for Walthamstow Dog Track. The written answer given by the Ministers to question suggest that public funding for London and Quadrant for the site is not guaranteed given the delays the project has experienced.


Stella pledged to pursue this issue with the Ministers from the DCLG when she meets with them and continue to work with other MPs, Save our Stow, potential investors in the site and London and Quadrant to seek to secure the restoration of the Dog Track.


Ends.


1. Walthamstow
Dog Track was initially sold to L&Q in the summer of 2008 and has since
been empty. 

 

2. During
Business Questions on Thursday 10 June 2010 in the House of Commons Stella
Creasy put the following question to the Leader of the House:

 

Will the right hon. Gentleman agree
to a debate on the consequences of the moratorium on and eventual cuts in
social housing, which were discussed earlier, on urban regeneration, and the
practice that that encourages in registered social landlords to engage in
property speculation by sitting on land that they are not developing, thus
leaving it empty? Will the Leader of the House also ensure that his
ministerial colleagues agree, as a matter of urgency, to a meeting with me and
the Save our Stow campaign to ascertain what can be done to prevent the iconic
Walthamstow dog track from being left derelict, given the persistent commercial
interest in restoring it and the 500 local jobs that represents?”

3. The following Early Day Motion 187 The Walthamstow
Stadium was also co-sponsored by Stella Creasy and published this week:

“That this House
welcomes efforts to reopen historic Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium in East
London; urges site owners London and Quadrant to not leave the site derelict
and instead to enter meaningful discussions with the S.O.S. organisation and
commercial operators who have vigorously campaigned to restore this, the UK’s
most prestigious track; salutes also the hard work so far undertaken by the
myriad of representative groups in the sport to make this a reality; and calls
on the Mayor of London to fully support their hard work and commitment.

4.
The following question was also tabled by Stella Creasy and answered received
on Thrusday 10 June 2010 by the Department of Communities and Local Government

 

Stella Creasy: To ask the Secretary
of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department
issues to registered social landlords on the time period within which they must
begin development of assets after acquisition in order to qualify for public
subsidy for such development.

Andrew Stunell: This Department does
not issue guidance to registered social landlords on the time period within
which they must begin to develop assets after acquisition to qualify for public
subsidy. This Department
provides funding to registered social landlords (RSLs)/registered providers
(RPs) of affordable housing through the Homes and Communities (HCA) who
administer the National Affordable Housing Programme (NAHP). The HCA sets out
in their Prospectus and the Affordable Housing Capital Funding Guide (AHCFG)
requirements for obtaining funding from the NAHP. When seeking grant
through the NAHP RSLs/RPs must set milestones including start on site and
practical completion dates as part of their bid. HCA monitors the RSLs/RPs performance
against these milestones. Grant is paid to RSLs/RPs on start on site and
practical completion (i.e. when those milestones have been achieved). Where
projects are delayed, the RSL/RP must re-forecast the milestone and the HCA
will decide whether to accept the revised forecast. If delays are significant,
and might impact on delivery of the HCA’s programme and achievement of targets,
it will consider withdrawing funding for the scheme.



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