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BIRMINGHAM STATEMENT 8TH AUG

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There is no possibility of running double headers at Perry Barr. Speedway only takes place there under the most stringent of conditions imposed by the City Council's Planning Officer who argued very strongly against granting a planning consent in the first place, and who was distinctly unhappy to find his recommendation for refusal, overruled. 

Amongst a plethora of conditions, one is the strict 10pm curfew and another is that no more than a maximum of 21 races be staged. Both would prevent the club from staging a double header even if the planning office would relax the rule - which they won't!

We have made enquiries this season about the possibility of running one or two meetings on a Sunday, and the planners have confirmed that we can only race on the four Bank Holiday Sundays as Planning Condition 15 stipulates, and even if they had agreed to this as a one-off, it would have been conditional on us not running on the Wednesday of the same week, so it would have been no help in alleviating any fixture congestion.

We had no choice but to accept all of the conditions when we were granted a planning consent, and to change or revise any of them would involve submitting a fresh application and one which it is highly likely would be refused, so there is no option now, but for us to abide by them.

I hope this clarifies the situation for everyone.

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I'll take week by week. 

It's far better than make or break last week when most had written us off. 

Let's get being the Promotion rather than constant sniping. 

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2 hours ago, The Dog said:

They've explained why they have changed the fixture, a local derby when the kids are off with good weather will bring in much needed revenue when the club have admitting their going from week to week. Or would you rather the club fold just to keep a handful of fans happy that may or may not travel the 200 miles from Edinburgh? I really sympathise for fans that are down south already but the promotion are trying to save their club. I'm not sure they had much choice tbh 

More kids means more paying adults in derby meetings & well supported away clubs to hopefully generate a bit of profit to offset losses before bailing at end of year. Feel sorry for Edinburgh & Poole fans with cancelled meetings this last week but just enjoy the trip as speedway is only for a few hours.

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I would imagine loan deals etc will also be being paid to various tracks and quite likely on a drip basis through the year, so getting Birmingham a few quid in the coffers to pay their bills can help other teams too..

A common sense decision to have a local derby and the BSP's often (quite correctly most of the time), get criticised for not using that level of common sense.. 

Crisis times require crisis management..

Not ideal for all but then again, it never will be when a crisis strikes..

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2 hours ago, brianbuck said:

There is no possibility of running double headers at Perry Barr. Speedway only takes place there under the most stringent of conditions imposed by the City Council's Planning Officer who argued very strongly against granting a planning consent in the first place, and who was distinctly unhappy to find his recommendation for refusal, overruled. 

Amongst a plethora of conditions, one is the strict 10pm curfew and another is that no more than a maximum of 21 races be staged. Both would prevent the club from staging a double header even if the planning office would relax the rule - which they won't!

We have made enquiries this season about the possibility of running one or two meetings on a Sunday, and the planners have confirmed that we can only race on the four Bank Holiday Sundays as Planning Condition 15 stipulates, and even if they had agreed to this as a one-off, it would have been conditional on us not running on the Wednesday of the same week, so it would have been no help in alleviating any fixture congestion.

We had no choice but to accept all of the conditions when we were granted a planning consent, and to change or revise any of them would involve submitting a fresh application and one which it is highly likely would be refused, so there is no option now, but for us to abide by them.

I hope this clarifies the situation for everyone.

But there was 24 races last Wednesday, 15 in the main match, and 9 in the second half, So the council can’t be that fussy.

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With the encouragement of kids etc....(a great thing for the future of the club....if there is one) also has a flip side (not trying to sound negative)

If next week the attendance is sh#te and the Masons pull the plug....there's going to be a lot of disappointed kids...so I do hope that the management consider this and get us to the season's finishing line!

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6 hours ago, Triple.H. said:

There is if you 

Start on time

Get the 2 minutes on as soon as the last rider from the preceding race has gone through the pit gate

Only have grading and watering after hts 4,8, and 12 then 10-15 minutes after ht15

Obviously any major crashes could affect the smooth efficient running

One of the biggest problems British speedway faces is the we can't do that and that won't work attitude, 

There needs to be more than 15mins to repair the track after the first meeting.

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