SOS team boosted by support at meeting
By Jonathan Hobbs
RICKY HOLLOWAY, the Save Our Stow’s campaign leader, yesterday expressed himself “delighted with the huge turnout and fully committed to returning greyhound racing to Walthamstow” after Monday night’s public planning meeting behind the stadium. It was standing room only at Rush Croft School as greyhound racing figures joined over 200 local residents to hear from local councillors how the planning process to redevelop the iconic stadium which has remained closed since August 2008 will be undertaken.
Former Stow-based trainers John Coleman, Mark Wallis and Graham Sharp were joined by fellow handlers Jim Daly, Phillip Simmonds andMaurice Newman, plus former champion trainer Linda Jones and the GBGB’s newest stipendiary steward Lorraine Sams at the meeting hosted by the local Waltham Forest Council.
After councillors detailed exactly what the owners of the site London & Quadrant plan for the area, subject to planning approval, local residents and the greyhound racing fraternity were allowed to ask questions. Several residents voiced their concern at the prospect of a housing development on their doorstep, with the flood risk from the local River Ching particularly highlighted – before a number of greyhound owners, trainers and bookmakers joined issue.