Chingford MP Iain Duncan Smith has joined a growing number of people calling for the return of dog racing to Walthamstow stadium.
The stadium staged it’s last race back in August 2008 but remains an East London landmark which holds a special place in the hearts of many Waltham Forest residents.
After the final race the stadium was sold to housing association London & Quadrant. They are planning to demolish the stadium and build 300 new homes on the site. Pressure group Save our Stow have campaigned for the stadium to be restored.
Iain Duncan Smith has added his voice to the many who want to ensure that greyhound racing returns to Walthamstow. He has called on Mayor Boris Johnson to intervene and save the much loved stadium. Reflecting residents views the MP has stated “The public do not want a lot of housing there, they want their dog track back.”
The president of the Greyhound Owners, Breeders and Trainers Association, Bob Morton has offered to buy the site for £9 million and bring back dog racing.
Boris Johnson is said to be currently considering the housing scheme before granting the permission for redevelopment. He has said however that he is aware of the feelings of those who want to see it back to it’s best.
If you want to help save Walthamstow Stadium please visit Save Our Stow. If the local community are calling for a return of dog racing then they should be listened to.