Demolish Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium
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Planning application number 122160/fo/2018 (proposal for new homes on the grounds of the Greyhound stadium)
Demolish Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium
We believe that Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium is an eyesore that reduces the image of Gorton to tatters, not only does it look dilapidated but it attracts some undesirable clientele.
People who visit for the first time, are usually attending a party or work's do and vow never to return again.
Interest in greyhound racing has been decreasing for around a decade, this also applies to all stadia across Great Britain with a steady decline of the industry.
Deprivation in the Gorton area
We believe that Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium brings nothing positive to the area. Gambling facilities do not help the well-being of people living in an already deprived area and may only drive them into debt.
Manchester is crying out for more housing, which in turn will generate much-needed new income for small businesses in the vicinity.
Harm to Children
The Shut Down Belle Vue group, consists of rescued greyhound adopters and other animal advocates who have attended the gates of the stadium for numerous years in objection to the cruelty faced by the dogs who are exploited and raced there.
While raising awareness, they have witnessed punters regularly arriving at the track in appalling states. Many are seen urinating on Kirkmanshulme Lane, some exposing themselves in full view of minors.
Highly offensive/crude adult attire is worn by some of the punters posing in what is 'supposedly classed as fancy dress' and while making obscene gestures they make no allowances for the infants who are exposed to their behaviour.
Drug-users and intoxicated youths have been seen arriving at the venue. On one occasion a man was witnessed entering the gates with white powder on his nose.
The behaviour of the punters has been an ongoing concern whilst children are sharing the same space inside the track . These problems were raised several years ago with Rev David Gray at Belle Vue House, in Manchester where concerned greyhound advocates attended a meeting. Photographic evidence was provided showing the crude attire worn and people urinating in view of children but no further response was given.
Concerns for children being exposed to the cruelty at tracks has also been raised by Caged to Child Protection Services at numerous Local Authorities.
Track Visitors and Littering
Littering is another problem and one that not only degrades the area but also poses a danger to the public.
Bottles, and broken glass, as well as other litter, are often thrown on the main road and on the path ways, and has had to be removed by volunteers to prevent injury to road users and pedestrians because the track management have failed to employ anyone to clean up. No visible efforts have been made by the track, such as nearby signs or bins to prevent or minimise the littering.
Assault at the Stadium Gates
Greyhound advocates have on numerous occasion been threatened and assaulted: this includes being spat at, cars clearly speeding up in the direction of greyhound advocates, and one advocate being physically attacked by a Belle Vue member of staff due to a banner that was leaning on the track fencing. Police have received numerous reports and have acted accordingly, but advocates are hardened to the attacks and do not wish to involve the police on every occasion due to their understanding of the lack of resources.
The Shut Down Belle Vue Group inform punters of the large amount of dogs that have died at the track and are stored in the freezer, something the punters are not usually aware of.
The group also speak with locals who claim they do not approve of the track, due to disturbances such as noise and anti social behaviour but believe they would not achieve anything by officially complaining.
Please decide on a new build and let the residents of Gorton be proud of where they live.
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