Huge week for Wimbledon

IT’S potentially a huge week for Wimbledon Stadium as it is expected London Mayor Sadiq Khan will in the next five days make his decision over the planning application to build more than 600 flats and a ground for AFC Wimbledon on the 12-adre site that is currently home to the greyhound stadium.

The Mayor has to decide whether to deal with the application made jointly by Galliard Homes and AFC Wimbledon in house, as was intended by his predecessor Boris Johnson when he called it in back in March, or to send it back to Merton Council who passed it without detractors in December.

Returning it to Merton will almost certainly mean that planning will be granted. That will spell the end of greyhound racing in London as Wimbledon is the last track with a London post code.

In the last 50 years 13 tracks in the capital have closed. Sold to property developers as land values in London have gone through the roof.

LONDON TRACK CLOSURES (in last 50 years)

TRACK                       MONTH        YEAR

Walthamstow             November    2007

Catford                        November    2003

Wembley                    December    1998

Hackney                     January         1997

Harringay                   September   1987

White City                  September   1984

Clapton                      January         1974

Hendon                      June               1972

West Ham                  May                1972

Charlton                     September   1971

Park Royal                January         1969

Stamford Bridge       July                 1968

Wandsworth             June               1966

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