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Mick Bratley

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  1. Mick Bratley

    Peterborough Panthers 2019

    Possibly. Possibly not. There are several parcels of land owned by the Showground right next to the A1 that do not look like they are going to be developed, after all houses next to the A1 would be a tough sell, all of these would be big enough for a Speedway track. Perhaps being a charitable organisation they will do the right thing. Perhaps not.
  2. Mick Bratley

    Peterborough Panthers 2019

    So I had a look at the Showground exhibition today and the initial plans look to build houses where the Speedway track currently is. However, they say that this will be starting in 2023 at the earliest. I think that is ambitious and there is clearly much concern from local residents about the existing infrastructure of the surrounding area and the effect 600 new homes will have. This could drag on quite a while. On the plus side, the local councillor was on local radio this afternoon and was adamant that any plans must involve keeping the Speedway Heritage in Peterborough (her words not mine). She was very committed in that Speedway is not overlooked, I was surprised, I didn’t know she was a fan. She was at the exhibition and I made myself known to her. She explained that there was a Local Planning order number 30 that requires any sporting activities (she said such as the Speedway) must be relocated before the existing site can be demolished and that she would be vigorously making sure this is followed. I was very impressed with her. Alas we all know and probably have experienced how developers and planners can operate, but I am confident our local councillor is going to be on the case for Speedway, which in all honesty is probably a lot better than I thought it would be at this early stage.
  3. Mick Bratley

    Peterborough Panthers 2019

    In many ways the Showground needs the Speedway. It is a 'noise' that has been present for almost 50 years and when the nearest residents were over three miles away. Plus as I said earlier, it is one of the few events that is for LOCAL people. (Probably the only event). It'll be interesting to visit the Showground tomorrow to have a look what they plan to do with the site in the coming years.
  4. Mick Bratley

    Peterborough Panthers 2019

    That absolutely was the case and was used in addition to the seasonal bucket collection as our contribution to the SBRF.
  5. Mick Bratley

    Peterborough Panthers 2019

    You are making a lot of assumptions in what you have said. In recent years the hierarchy of The Showground has changed from the times when I used to deal with them a decade ago, so I can't speak about the current management team, but my assumption will be that the practicalities of running Speedway at the venue will not have changed very much, if at all. Speedway pays significant rent to the venue. I don't know what the amount is these days, but when I was promoter it was, I felt, jaw dropping. It is considerable over a season. The Speedway club are also not allowed to bring their own concessions (catering) on to the venue, so the Speedway clubs income is restricted to admissions and the sale of programmes only. Speedway comes a long way back in the queue of the events held at the Showground and that's only rightly so, it is a business after all - actually it's not, it's a charity. Effectively you pay rent for the key to open and close the place, you get little or no help from them in putting the event on or clearing up after. The Showground is not a charity (actually it is, but you probably get my drift). The Speedway staff volunteers do an absolutely amazing (and thankless) job in getting the place ready for Speedway and clearing it up afterwards, it takes a monumental amount of effort and I mean monumental and these people are the real heroes of the Speedway club. The Showground does not 'plug' the back end or keep Speedway 'afloat'. They provide a key. A very expensive one at that. The one thing Speedway does do for the Showground is provide an event for LOCAL people. Practically every other event at the Showground is supported in the majority by people who live outside of Peterborough. Not everyone locally owns a Shire Horse, Truck or Modified Car or wants to pitch a tent a couple of miles from their home and there are only so many times you can drag yourself along to Truckfest. The 'dirty shale arena' gets plenty of use from other events, often these events damage the track and fence, which additionally costs the Speedway club to put right. If other events use the floodlights - which the Speedway club paid for and installed - and a light fuses, the Speedway club has to pay for this to be replaced as well.
  6. Mick Bratley

    Peterborough Panthers 2019

    LOL I’m definitely not Flappy.
  7. Mick Bratley

    Peterborough Panthers 2019

    At least he is having a go and surely that should be applauded rather than constantly pilloried.
  8. Mick Bratley

    Peterborough Panthers 2019

    There has been some great Speedway this season at The Showground and some crap Speedway. Pretty much like every season I’ve ever attended. i think Buster has tried to bring some financial sanity to the sport and this will be painful in the short term, it would be for the benefit of the sport if every club did this. i disagree that he intentionally ripped the initial 1-7 apart, I think his and the sports hands were tied. That’s my opinion.
  9. Mick Bratley

    Peterborough Panthers 2019

    I’m not ‘in the know’ haven’t been for years.
  10. Mick Bratley

    Peterborough Panthers 2019

    I think you’ll find Crumpie was more of an Osmond's fan fella.
  11. Mick Bratley

    Peterborough Panthers 2019

    I never said that. Like I said though this is 2019 not 1819.
  12. Mick Bratley

    Peterborough Panthers 2019

    I’d say the witch hunt is getting more tedious than serious.
  13. Mick Bratley

    Peterborough Panthers 2019

    Of course they’re not going to give you the reason why, but even the thickest of Speedway fans could see why it was done. Do you honestly believe that any business wouldn’t have done exactly the same? It’s 2019 mate not 1819.
  14. Mick Bratley

    Peterborough Panthers 2019

    And you can’t sell your ‘investment’ if there is no longer a product to sell.
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