1,500 people say farewell to Oxford Greyhound Stadium tonight

THE last ever race at Oxford Greyhound Stadium could have been run tonight.

The six dogs crossed the finish line at about 10.30pm bringing the Blackbird Leys venue's 73-year history to an almost certain end.

An estimated crowd of 1,500 came to see the last 12 races and say farewell to the Sandy Lane stadium, which the owners want to flatten to make way for 225 homes.

The final race winner was Moorstown Mystiq.

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11:28pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Bartsimpson_uk says...

Didn't realise planning permission had already been given??? Thought it was still up for consultation.
Didn't realise planning permission had already been given??? Thought it was still up for consultation. Bartsimpson_uk

11:40pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Common Sense Approach says...

Was this always the plan of the GRA when kicking out Speedway?
Was this always the plan of the GRA when kicking out Speedway? Common Sense Approach

9:39am Sun 30 Dec 12

Bartsimpson_uk says...

It has always been the plan to close it. I attended an open meeting back in June where they showed full plans for all the new homes to be built and the new road layout. They don't spend that amount of time and money for nothing!
Most people who attended objected to the plans, but we knew a decision had already been made.
It has always been the plan to close it. I attended an open meeting back in June where they showed full plans for all the new homes to be built and the new road layout. They don't spend that amount of time and money for nothing! Most people who attended objected to the plans, but we knew a decision had already been made. Bartsimpson_uk

10:45am Sun 30 Dec 12

boagongrui says...

RIP
RIP boagongrui

11:53am Sun 30 Dec 12

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

I wonder who on the planning application committees had their turkey paid for this year by the developers. Yet another 'through the back-door' application and another nail in Oxford's coffin.
I wonder who on the planning application committees had their turkey paid for this year by the developers. Yet another 'through the back-door' application and another nail in Oxford's coffin. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe

2:13pm Sun 30 Dec 12

boagongrui says...

Bartsimpson_uk wrote:
Didn't realise planning permission had already been given??? Thought it was still up for consultation.
Yes and No
[quote][p][bold]Bartsimpson_uk[/bold] wrote: Didn't realise planning permission had already been given??? Thought it was still up for consultation.[/p][/quote]Yes and No boagongrui

4:55pm Sun 30 Dec 12

carfax cabby ox1 says...

Looks like the OM has jumped the gun, because according the the leader of the council in an interview last week, he said that planning permission was very unlikely to be granted for housing. This is on record, so unless he was lying, and councillors never do that to us, the stadium should be safe, shouldn't it?
Looks like the OM has jumped the gun, because according the the leader of the council in an interview last week, he said that planning permission was very unlikely to be granted for housing. This is on record, so unless he was lying, and councillors never do that to us, the stadium should be safe, shouldn't it? carfax cabby ox1

5:01pm Sun 30 Dec 12

faatmaan says...

a lot more GRA stadium are under threat, due to low income and increased costs, poor prize funds a self fufilling prophecy.
a lot more GRA stadium are under threat, due to low income and increased costs, poor prize funds a self fufilling prophecy. faatmaan

6:46pm Sun 30 Dec 12

fredford says...

faatmaan wrote:
a lot more GRA stadium are under threat, due to low income and increased costs, poor prize funds a self fufilling prophecy.
Yeah.....the ££££££makers say the same about pubs.....easy innit....run them down then build houses on the land.....anything for an easy buck aided and abetted by thegreased hands of the council.....shame on them.
[quote][p][bold]faatmaan[/bold] wrote: a lot more GRA stadium are under threat, due to low income and increased costs, poor prize funds a self fufilling prophecy.[/p][/quote]Yeah.....the ££££££makers say the same about pubs.....easy innit....run them down then build houses on the land.....anything for an easy buck aided and abetted by thegreased hands of the council.....shame on them. fredford

9:16am Mon 31 Dec 12

xjohnx says...

Only fools would try to make the owners continue running a loss making race track.
If the blasted place could make money, nobody would want to shut it down.
Only fools would try to make the owners continue running a loss making race track. If the blasted place could make money, nobody would want to shut it down. xjohnx

11:44am Tue 1 Jan 13

Mario Kempes says...

For a company who by the very nature of their buisness should be doing everything they can to promote greyhound racing the GRA have an excellent track record for closing down stadia.
For a company who by the very nature of their buisness should be doing everything they can to promote greyhound racing the GRA have an excellent track record for closing down stadia. Mario Kempes

12:10am Wed 2 Jan 13

Myron Blatz says...

Sadly, the Oxford Greyhound (and former Speedway) Stadium is yet another casualty of the 'greed and need' paradox which has become Oxford. In the current market, the owners will make more money from selling or developing the 'brown field' site (which I suppose the Stadium represents) for housing, than leaving it as a short-medium term asset liability. This, especially, since the owners of the site have a ready market in the form of Oxford City Council, which continues to try and satiate its housing targets. Maybe the irony of trying to satisfy both social and private housing, is that because of where Oxford is located, and because of the ever-increasing demands from the 'education factories' for more and more student accommodation, uncapped demand will just keep growing. Nor should one necessarily blame 'greedy' developers and the private sector - the more people City Council can attract to Oxford, the greater will become its revenue from both Council Tax and social housing rental income.
Sadly, the Oxford Greyhound (and former Speedway) Stadium is yet another casualty of the 'greed and need' paradox which has become Oxford. In the current market, the owners will make more money from selling or developing the 'brown field' site (which I suppose the Stadium represents) for housing, than leaving it as a short-medium term asset liability. This, especially, since the owners of the site have a ready market in the form of Oxford City Council, which continues to try and satiate its housing targets. Maybe the irony of trying to satisfy both social and private housing, is that because of where Oxford is located, and because of the ever-increasing demands from the 'education factories' for more and more student accommodation, uncapped demand will just keep growing. Nor should one necessarily blame 'greedy' developers and the private sector - the more people City Council can attract to Oxford, the greater will become its revenue from both Council Tax and social housing rental income. Myron Blatz

8:42pm Sun 6 Jan 13

RegisteringSucks says...

Good riddance get rid of this death track and all others like it. Greyhound racing is a barbaric industry and needs to die. Wathamstow, Oxford, who's next? Bring it on!
Good riddance get rid of this death track and all others like it. Greyhound racing is a barbaric industry and needs to die. Wathamstow, Oxford, who's next? Bring it on! RegisteringSucks

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