Mallory Park race circuit 'could close' over 92-day rule
The future of Mallory Park race circuit could depend on the outcome of a meeting taking place today over noise and the number of days it can operate.
Residents in nearby Kirkby Mallory say they have been told the circuit could be sold to a housing developer unless they agree to extended opening hours.
The circuit is subject to an agreement dating back to 1985, which restricts its operations to 92 days a year.
However, the circuit has increased its business profile and has extended the days and hours it is active.
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The track would like to operate on at least 160 days to remain viable. Otherwise, bosses say, it could close.
A meeting to hammer out a solution is being held this evening for residents, the track company and Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council.
Villager Garry Ball is a member of the liaison group set up by the borough council to reach an agreement.
He said: "The meeting is very important. There are people who want to stick to 92 days, and others are willing to allow more days.
"We would like to reach an agreement with the Mallory Park operating company, but we have to take into consideration the quality of life of people who live near the track.
"The vast majority of the village is only 500 metres away.
"We have been told that the owners of the track have been offered money by a housing developer should the operation prove unviable. Should that happen, then any houses that are planned must fit in with the character of the village."
Jason McClean, spokesman for the circuit, has e-mailed residents and supporters urging them to contact the borough council if they support racing and allied activities.
However, he refused to make any comment until after tonight's private meeting on the possibility the land could be sold to a housing developer.