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MattK

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  1. MattK

    Swindon Robins 2020

    I think you may be on the money here. Or at least told the stadium was "moving" without being told precisely where to or how far from its current position.
  2. MattK

    Swindon Robins 2020

    But that's not the place it was supposed to be in - as in the original plans, for which the houses were built, the stadium was supposed to move.
  3. MattK

    Swindon Robins 2020

    Who told you that? The local MP? There's a well know saying, how do you know when a politician is lying ?You can see their lips move. As I said, the council should have been smarter and put better checks in place, but even the limitation of no more than 200 houses being populated before contracts were signed was easily side stepped. However, SBC are not 100% at fault. Gaming International are ultimately at fault as they had no intention of ever building the new stadium. I don't know, how much did the council spend on feasibility studies, planning etc.? Development companies don't have £80m sat in the bank ready to invest. Once they get planning permission they go out to their investors and raise the capital requires to complete a project. If you look on Seven Capital's web site you will see they have a proven track record in retail, commercial and leisure developments. As I said, the council deserve criticism for many things, but I don't know how anyone can point the finger at them for the lack of progress. Good Lord no.
  4. MattK

    Swindon Robins 2020

    Ultimately, the developers are culpable. It's their land and their development, their plan etc. They have chosen to build the houses first, endlessly tinker with the stadium plans and so on. The council should have put better checks in place to prevent the houses going up and no work on the stadium. However, if you want a more comprehensive answer, the land around the stadium was designated as commercial use in the North Swindon Plan and bought by Motorola. Of course, Motorola not only didn't develop the land, but moved out of Swindon altogether. In reality, the council shouldn't have granted permission for houses on the land around the stadium, but money talks and local councils are under huge pressure from central government to build housing, so it was probably inevitable.
  5. MattK

    Swindon Robins 2020

    How is the North Star Snoasis "in the hands" of SBC? It is a private development being built and funded with private money. Or not as the case may be. I'm all in favour of holding the council to account where appropriate, but I'm not sure what more they can do to move this forwards.
  6. MattK

    Swindon Stadium

    The Greyhound Board of Great Britain release their own report stating 1,000 dogs died in a single year, including 242 put down trackside and 324 which were put down because they could not be rehomed. This is only dogs which "retire" it doesn't include those which were being trained but were not considered suitable. A report compiled for the Irish Greyhound Board concluded that on average 5,987 dogs were culled (slide 26) each year as they "failed to produce qualifying times" (2,673); "failure to produce desired entry level times" (1,989) and an "unacceptable decline in performance" (1,326). Why would the greyhound governing bodies spread such lies about their own sports?
  7. You don't need to read "the papers". The Greyhound Board of Great Britain release their own report stating 1,000 dogs died in a single year, including 242 put down trackside and 324 which were put down because they could not be rehomed. This is only dogs which "retire" it doesn't include those which were being trained but were not considered suitable. A report compiled for the Irish Greyhound Board concluded that on average 5.987 dogs were culled (slide 26) each year as they "failed to produce qualifying times" (2,673); "failure to produce desired entry level times" (1,989) and an "unacceptable decline in performance" (1,326).
  8. Thank you for highlighting this despicable behaviour. I had never heard of these actions until you pointed them out. Here is some more reading for those who don't want to "swalow [sic] what the antis spout". Greyhound killer to face tougher sentence 30 injured greyhounds put down at dog track Greyhound breeder offers slow dogs to be killed for research
  9. MattK

    Oxford

    It depends what the clauses are. All along the council have been adamant that no houses can be built on the land. Now they have opened the door the houses on the car park I see no reason why the current owners would sell. At very least they'll want to see what stipulations are required for the stadium to be considered "operable" in order for planning permission to be granted. It also massive complicates a CPO as the council have massively increased the value of the car park simply by weakening their opposition towards housing.
  10. MattK

    Oxford

    What's to stop the current owners complying with the above now the council have opened the door to homes being built on part of the stadium land?
  11. MattK

    Oxford

    Why would the current owners sell if there was a quick £10m to be made flipping the car park into houses?
  12. MattK

    Oxford

    That figure sounds like the tip of the iceberg Up to 6,000 greyhounds are being killed each year because they are not fast enough.
  13. MattK

    Oxford

    It does seem strange that anyone would invest £20m into a decrepit stadium which plays host to two sports in terminal decline.
  14. MattK

    Oxford

    Isn't Nick Budimir primarily involved in greyhound racing? It would seem a strange approach to buy a stadium and then drop the one thing he has a background in.
  15. Let teams build to whatever average they like, then for each meeting the difference forms a handicap for the team with the higher average. For example, Swindon builds to 45 and Sheffield builds to 40. Therefore Swindon start on -5 when they ride against Sheffield at Sheffield and -10 (to account for the home advantage) at Swindon.
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