A WESTMINSTER group of MPs and Peers has offered support to Neil Gerrard MP and his efforts to save Walthamstow Stadium. The
All Party Parliamentary Greyhound Group (APPGG) has pledged support of
short-term lease options that could reprieve greyhound racing at
Walthamstow Stadium. The group met on Monday when members also
criticised Walthamstow directors for the level of funding which appears
to be on offer to provide for those dogs forced into retirement and
requiring rehoming following the planned closure next month.

Neil
Gerrard, a long-time member of the APPGG said: “Walthamstow has been
synonymous with greyhound racing for as long as anyone can remember. It
really puts us on the map and is one of the iconic images associated
with East London. Of course the land is valuable for development but in
this economic climate and with the recent slow down in housing I am
concerned that we may end up with the area left abandoned for years. I
hope there is a chance for a reprieve for the sport in Walthamstow,
even a temporary one, and I am willing to help in brokering any deal to
save racing there. If that is not possible then I want to ensure that
the future of the greyhounds is secured- either to be racing at other
stadia or retired into homes as pets.”

A letter co-signed by
APPG joint chairman Andrew Rosindell (MP for Romford) and Lord Bilston
(formerly MP Dennis Turner and a supporter of his local Monmore
Stadium), calls for a meeting with Walthamstow Chairman of Directors
Charles Chandler and Managing Director, Jack Chandler. It includes:
“Considering the high welfare standards that the track has been proud
of, including supporting both the local rehoming organisations for many
years, members were extremely disappointed by the level of compensation
reported to us that has been offered to secure the future of the
greyhounds from the Walthamstow racing strength or in the local retired
kennels.

“Members would also like to discuss the short-term
lease of the land for the continuance of racing. Walthamstow MP Neil
Gerrard has been approached by a party considering that possibility and
we would hope that this is an area that would not be blocked
unnecessarily by the Chandler family.”

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