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Stadium owners want change in law following noise protests

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Owners of a motor sport stadium near Mildenhall are taking their fight against noise protesters to Parliament in a bid to get a change in the law.

RDC Promotions, who own Mildenhall Stadium, have called on the Government to establish a statute after a Supreme Court decision last month ruled in favour of Katherine Lawrence and Raymond Shields in their noise 
nuisance case filed against the stadium.

It allowed the couple to claw back compensation they were awarded in the High Court, but then stripped of in the Appeal Court, along with being granted an injunction restricting activities at the stadium once their home at Fenland is rebuilt following fire damage.

“We are calling on the Government to establish in statute that a person to establish in statute that a person coming to an area should accept the existing activity taking place as the character of the area if operating legally,” said Dave Coventry, of RDC Promotions.

“In short not only do we want to protect the future of Mildenhall Stadium, but we want to ensure this does not happen to any other established sporting or leisure venture in this country ever again.”

Since announcing details of taking their fight to Parliament, RDC Promotions have collected more than 1,700 signatures pledging their support to their campaign.

“The petition is going very well but I expected these levels of support,” said Mr Coventry.

“The plan is to take the petition around various tracks over the next few weeks, including up to Scotland, to get even more people on board, while closer to home we have put one in the West Row Village Shop.”

For those unable to sign a hard copy of the petition Mr Coventry, who has claimed costs battling the case have totalled more than £250,000 so far, has stated than e-petition will be available soon.

“The checks for an 
official on-line petition are quite stringent and we want to make sure the we correctly word it,” added Mr 
Coventry.

“When it is available online that’s when I think the whole thing will boom.”

The case is set to return to the Supreme Court in May.

 

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