Mildenhall MP Matthew Hancock has thrown his weight behind the campaign to save Mildenhall Stadium from closing its doors.
In an announcement made earlier this week the Conservative MP, whose West Suffolk constituency covers West Row where the stadium is located, stressed that he will be exercising all of his powers to prevent the site, which is home to the Mildenhall Fen Tigers speedway team, stock car and greyhound racing, from closing.
The stadium, which has been in operation since the 1970s, saw its future thrown into doubt earlier this year after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of former residents Katherine Lawrence and Raymond Shields in their legal battle against noise being produced by motor activities at the venue.
As a result of the ruling it left RDC Promotions, owners of the stadium, potentially facing a legal bill in the region of £2 million.
“I have followed the proceedings of this case closely and I am doing everything I can to stop the closure of Mildenhall Stadium,” said Mr Hancock.
“The stadium embodies generations of memories and it lies at the centre of the community in Mildenhall. I am delighted that so many local people, of all ages, have come forward and contacted me showing their support.”
In response to the decision by the court a petition has since been set up by RDC Promotions in an attempt to get the ruling by the Supreme Court reversed, and implement a change in the law to protect established activities with planning permission.
Since the launch of the petition, both online and in paper format, more than 17,000 names have signed the document.
“The petition has caused quite a storm in the local news and it is a great way of raising the profile of the situation,” added Mr Hancock.
“I have taken it up with the Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs seeking his support on keeping Mildenhall Stadium open.
“I know how important the stadium is to people in Mildenhall and I will continue to fight to save it from closure.”