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MattK last won the day on April 6 2018

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  1. MattK

    Swindon Stadium

    Apparently, that's a supporting wall for the banking of the bends.
  2. MattK

    Swindon Stadium

    Watch as the drainage issues miraculously disappear when the houses are built!
  3. MattK

    Swindon Stadium

    None of the land around the stadium is a flood plain.
  4. MattK

    Swindon Stadium

    Have you read the planning conditions, as I cannot find any conditions or even approval attached to the planning application? The only minutes for the planning committee referred to Section 106 money, nothing to do with conditions related to the stadium/housing.
  5. MattK

    Swindon Stadium

    This is the new stadium plan: http://www.thisisspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/S_RES_18_0027-PROPOSED_SITE_LAYOUT-697013.pdf
  6. MattK

    Swindon Stadium

    The old plan was to re-site the stadium and turn it 45 degrees to where it is today. That plan was scrapped and a new plan, with the track staying in the same location but shorter, was passed a few months ago.
  7. MattK

    Swindon Stadium

    Here you go: You can see how the plan for housing encroaches on to the current track layout (left) and therefore why shortening it is a prerequisite to the housing development. https://pa1.swindon.gov.uk/publicaccess/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PCVNPPPTHMJ00
  8. MattK

    Swindon Stadium

    They are clearly shortening the track. Whether this will be ready for 11 April, I don't know. It looks like a huge amount of work to complete in a month. In terms of the new stadium, all this track work does is allow them room to fit the planned housing on the current speedway car park.
  9. MattK

    Swindon Stadium

    Lee Kilby says the new track will be 320m. Currently it is 363m. That means the inside of the speedway track on bends 1 and 2 will be roughly where the outside of the training track is today.
  10. MattK

    Swindon Stadium

    You're not wrong. You can see the houses encroaching on the stadium on Google Maps. Everything above the red line used to be open fields offering a nice barrier between the housing estate and the stadium. Now it is all housing. They even demolished the away pits and build a house there. You can see how close they are in this picture from Swindon's Instagram account. That wall is the side of someone's home. If you want to be really depressed, here is the Master Plan for the whole development.
  11. MattK

    Swindon Stadium

    The only restriction I have ever seen documented in the planning consent was that "no more than 200 houses can be occupied until a contract is signed to build the new stadium´╗┐". Obviously, "a contract is signed" is a very vague term, but I am sure GI would claim they have fulfilled that clause when work "began" a few years back: http://www.justintomlinson.com/news/3699-huge-news-for-speedway-fans-as-work-starts-on-new-abbey-stadium
  12. MattK

    Swindon Stadium

    How were the houses built outside of the agreed planning consent?
  13. MattK

    Swindon 2019

    It looks like my printer when I need to change the cartridge.
  14. The difference between the promoters and the fans is that they have all the information available at their fingertips to come up with a solution, whereas the fans have nothing. Share profit and loss, attendances, wages costs and so on with the fans and we can come up with a detailed, costed model for British speedway. Until then, fans are merely shooting in the dark.
  15. MattK

    Swindon Stadium

    Bit of both: https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/sport/17377892.swindon-robins-chairman-terry-russell-plans-to-start-work-on-improved-abbey-stadium-race-track-layout-next-month/?fbclid=IwAR3uizI8HG0iYr6vtKHJvPqEKDEuBoKA5qsXoEEvVyXw5VELs4LpjlPNTyY This bit frightens me: I'm not track expert, but I'm pretty sure Cardiff is only used for a single meeting. I'm not sure that you can translate their construction approach and use it for a track which is going to me used every week.

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