‘You have got plenty of leisure facilities in Leys’ say dog track developers

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THE developer looking to flatten Oxford’s historic greyhound stadium has dismissed arguments that it needs to be saved for its community facilities.

Galliard Homes has commissioned a report into the impact of the closure of Oxford Stadium as it prepares for a planning inquiry later this year.

And it picks apart Oxford City Council’s argument that the stadium is highly important for the local community – a statement made when it refused Galliard planning permission in January.

In the report – written by Regeneris Consulting – Galliard says: “The site will result in loss of community facilities.

“However, the Blackbird Leys area currently has a significant over-provision of community facilities.

“There is more than sufficient capacity in the local area’s leisure and community facilities to accommodate the community and social activities currently taking place at Oxford Stadium (the dance classes, Taekwondo classes and church group).

“In the worst case scenario, the redevelopment may mean that the go-karting and motorcycle training businesses using the ancillary facilities at the stadium close.

“However, there are alternative providers of these services in and around Oxford City.”

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Galliard applied to the city council for planning permission to demolish the stadium and replace it with 220 homes, but this was turned down by the east area planning committee. One of the reasons was that the proposal would result in the complete loss of all the community facilities on the site.

But Galliard is now taking the issue to appeal, which means a decision will be made by a government inspector in the summer, and is now preparing its arguments.

Andy Cooper, who runs Karting Oxford which is based at the stadium and is involved in the campaign to save it, said Galliard was mistaken in some of its claims.

He said: “What Galliard has identified in their survey is that there are other go-karting venues in the area, but the nearest outdoor go-karting track is 75 miles away in Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire, and that’s one of our main selling points.

“They have not done the proper research and I think we have a very strong case if the right questions are asked at the inquiry.

“If you try to run this as a single purpose venue, you will struggle, but if you combine the dog racing with the speedway, it is more than viable.

“The facilities here are second to none.”

The stadium was opened in 1939 by Lord Denham and was used for greyhound racing until 2012 when its owners, the Greyhound Racing Association, closed it, claiming it was no longer viable.

It has also been home to speedway, with local team the Oxford Cheetahs winning three British League titles.

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7:47am Tue 18 Mar 14

Mark L says...

What does BBL have? A leisure Centre and a few park's. Hardly a theme park, bowling alley and ice rink!
What does BBL have? A leisure Centre and a few park's. Hardly a theme park, bowling alley and ice rink! Mark L
  • Score: -4

8:06am Tue 18 Mar 14

BigAlBiker says...

Swimming pool (new) numerous parks, Access to the Kassam area, more money spent at BBL than anywhere else in the county.

Time for others to have a bot of the special treatment.
Swimming pool (new) numerous parks, Access to the Kassam area, more money spent at BBL than anywhere else in the county. Time for others to have a bot of the special treatment. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 3

9:40am Tue 18 Mar 14

bishbosh says...

I bet the Galliard report takes no account of the additional thousand who will live in the area should they succeed.
I bet the Galliard report takes no account of the additional thousand who will live in the area should they succeed. bishbosh
  • Score: 5

9:54am Tue 18 Mar 14

WitneyGreen says...

What more does it need? There are many areas of Oxford (and Oxfordshire) that have far, far less leisure provision that Blackbird Leys.
What more does it need? There are many areas of Oxford (and Oxfordshire) that have far, far less leisure provision that Blackbird Leys. WitneyGreen
  • Score: -1

11:54am Tue 18 Mar 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Isn't the nearest outdoor go-karting track in Central Milton Keynes? A short walk from the railway station - so in early course about the same timescale from St Aldates by public transport as BBL.

Galliard must be laughing though. A group in Oxford has done a lot of the donkey work for them with petitions, signed by people all around the world, that evidence that they do not want to travel to Blackbird Leys to use leisure facilities.

Action:Consequence
Isn't the nearest outdoor go-karting track in Central Milton Keynes? A short walk from the railway station - so in early course about the same timescale from St Aldates by public transport as BBL. Galliard must be laughing though. A group in Oxford has done a lot of the donkey work for them with petitions, signed by people all around the world, that evidence that they do not want to travel to Blackbird Leys to use leisure facilities. Action:Consequence Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: -1

12:39pm Tue 18 Mar 14

King Joke says...

Mark L wrote:
What does BBL have? A leisure Centre and a few park's. Hardly a theme park, bowling alley and ice rink!
How many residential areas in the UK have easy access to a theme park? Mine certainly doesn't.

THe bowling alley at the Kassam is a short walk from the south end of BBL, itself a frequent bus ride from the rest of the BBL loop. Oxford Ice Rink is 25 mins on the bus from BBL, again much closer than 99% of the UK population is from an ice rink.

I really don't think you have it that bad.
[quote][p][bold]Mark L[/bold] wrote: What does BBL have? A leisure Centre and a few park's. Hardly a theme park, bowling alley and ice rink![/p][/quote]How many residential areas in the UK have easy access to a theme park? Mine certainly doesn't. THe bowling alley at the Kassam is a short walk from the south end of BBL, itself a frequent bus ride from the rest of the BBL loop. Oxford Ice Rink is 25 mins on the bus from BBL, again much closer than 99% of the UK population is from an ice rink. I really don't think you have it that bad. King Joke
  • Score: 1

1:04pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

King Joke wrote:
Mark L wrote:
What does BBL have? A leisure Centre and a few park's. Hardly a theme park, bowling alley and ice rink!
How many residential areas in the UK have easy access to a theme park? Mine certainly doesn't.

THe bowling alley at the Kassam is a short walk from the south end of BBL, itself a frequent bus ride from the rest of the BBL loop. Oxford Ice Rink is 25 mins on the bus from BBL, again much closer than 99% of the UK population is from an ice rink.

I really don't think you have it that bad.
Well said, although 25 mins on the bus is perhaps a little enthusiastic.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mark L[/bold] wrote: What does BBL have? A leisure Centre and a few park's. Hardly a theme park, bowling alley and ice rink![/p][/quote]How many residential areas in the UK have easy access to a theme park? Mine certainly doesn't. THe bowling alley at the Kassam is a short walk from the south end of BBL, itself a frequent bus ride from the rest of the BBL loop. Oxford Ice Rink is 25 mins on the bus from BBL, again much closer than 99% of the UK population is from an ice rink. I really don't think you have it that bad.[/p][/quote]Well said, although 25 mins on the bus is perhaps a little enthusiastic. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 1

1:41pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Mark L says...

King Joke wrote:
Mark L wrote:
What does BBL have? A leisure Centre and a few park's. Hardly a theme park, bowling alley and ice rink!
How many residential areas in the UK have easy access to a theme park? Mine certainly doesn't.

THe bowling alley at the Kassam is a short walk from the south end of BBL, itself a frequent bus ride from the rest of the BBL loop. Oxford Ice Rink is 25 mins on the bus from BBL, again much closer than 99% of the UK population is from an ice rink.

I really don't think you have it that bad.
The "O Zone" isnt in BBL though.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mark L[/bold] wrote: What does BBL have? A leisure Centre and a few park's. Hardly a theme park, bowling alley and ice rink![/p][/quote]How many residential areas in the UK have easy access to a theme park? Mine certainly doesn't. THe bowling alley at the Kassam is a short walk from the south end of BBL, itself a frequent bus ride from the rest of the BBL loop. Oxford Ice Rink is 25 mins on the bus from BBL, again much closer than 99% of the UK population is from an ice rink. I really don't think you have it that bad.[/p][/quote]The "O Zone" isnt in BBL though. Mark L
  • Score: 0

1:45pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Mark L says...

King Joke wrote:
Mark L wrote:
What does BBL have? A leisure Centre and a few park's. Hardly a theme park, bowling alley and ice rink!
How many residential areas in the UK have easy access to a theme park? Mine certainly doesn't.

THe bowling alley at the Kassam is a short walk from the south end of BBL, itself a frequent bus ride from the rest of the BBL loop. Oxford Ice Rink is 25 mins on the bus from BBL, again much closer than 99% of the UK population is from an ice rink.

I really don't think you have it that bad.
The "O Zone" isn't in BBL though.

What next? telling us that BBL is only 1hr from the facilities of London???

I don't live in BBL...
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mark L[/bold] wrote: What does BBL have? A leisure Centre and a few park's. Hardly a theme park, bowling alley and ice rink![/p][/quote]How many residential areas in the UK have easy access to a theme park? Mine certainly doesn't. THe bowling alley at the Kassam is a short walk from the south end of BBL, itself a frequent bus ride from the rest of the BBL loop. Oxford Ice Rink is 25 mins on the bus from BBL, again much closer than 99% of the UK population is from an ice rink. I really don't think you have it that bad.[/p][/quote]The "O Zone" isn't in BBL though. What next? telling us that BBL is only 1hr from the facilities of London??? I don't live in BBL... Mark L
  • Score: 2

1:55pm Tue 18 Mar 14

King Joke says...

I've walked from the Kassam to the bus stop at that end of BBL in around five minutes. It isn't that far.
I've walked from the Kassam to the bus stop at that end of BBL in around five minutes. It isn't that far. King Joke
  • Score: -2

4:46pm Tue 18 Mar 14

T Chandler says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Isn't the nearest outdoor go-karting track in Central Milton Keynes? A short walk from the railway station - so in early course about the same timescale from St Aldates by public transport as BBL.

Galliard must be laughing though. A group in Oxford has done a lot of the donkey work for them with petitions, signed by people all around the world, that evidence that they do not want to travel to Blackbird Leys to use leisure facilities.

Action:Consequence
If I lived else where in the world I don't suppose. I would want to travel to Bbl either.
I don't see what it has to do with people world wide.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: Isn't the nearest outdoor go-karting track in Central Milton Keynes? A short walk from the railway station - so in early course about the same timescale from St Aldates by public transport as BBL. Galliard must be laughing though. A group in Oxford has done a lot of the donkey work for them with petitions, signed by people all around the world, that evidence that they do not want to travel to Blackbird Leys to use leisure facilities. Action:Consequence[/p][/quote]If I lived else where in the world I don't suppose. I would want to travel to Bbl either. I don't see what it has to do with people world wide. T Chandler
  • Score: 1

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