speedway threatened by new safety fence regulations
speedway racing will no longer take place at Highbridge's Oaktree
Arena from next year unless vital funding can be found for a compulsory
new £30,000 safety fence.
British Speedway Association rules being introduced in 2014 require
all professional racing tracks across the UK to have safety fences
to protect riders.
Debbie Hancock, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com that tens of
thousands of pounds are needed to introduce the mandatory new
major fundraising campaign is underway to raise the cash to buy
the fence and keep speedway here at the Oaktree," she said.
safety of our riders and spectators is of the highest importance
and the 'air fences' required at each corner will provide protection
British Speedway Association is making them compulsory from the
start of the 2014 season, so if we don't manage to raise the funds
and build the fences we won't be able to hold any competitive
would be a huge blow to the Oaktree, to Somerset Rebels and also
to the fans and local businesses who benefit from our races."
added: "We've raised £6,000 so far but have to raise
£30,000 in total, so we have a long way to go and really
need the public's help."
Jefferies, manager at Burnham's tourist information centre, said
he is backing the campaign.
would be a massive blow for the area if speedway were to go,"
he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
matches are held, large numbers of visitors come to stay in Burnham
- it brings in revenue for accommodation providers and businesses
and we don't want to lose this."
really hope locals get behind the fundraising and enable this
fence to be introduced."
fundraising golf day is to be held this month and a celebrity
darts evening is being planned for November.
golf day will be held at Brean Golf Club on Friday 27th September.
It will start with refreshments at 8.30am and the golf will begin
at 10am. The format will be 4-man teams with the 2 best stableford
scores counting on each hole.
auction and evening function will be held afterwards at The Oaktree.
The auction will include a signed 2013 Yeovil Town Football Club
Shirt, a signed 2012-2013 Somerset County Cricket Almanac, and
a VIP speedway package.
cost of entering a team is £130. However, if you cannot
manage to get a team of four people together, individual entries
are welcome and the organisers will form teams at £32.50
per person. Further details and sponsorship opportunities are
available from Andrew March on 07957 972614 or Jordon Jones on