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Croft campaigns continue to grow

A number of online campaigns showing support for the Croft circuit have continued to gather pace following the announcement late last month that it had lost its appeal against paying damages to three people living close by who claim to have been affected by 'noise nuisance'.

Derek and Julia Watson, together with their daughter Jill Wilson, have lived within 300 metres of the circuit in Dalton-on-Tees for several years, but took a case to the High Court last year – with the judge ruling in their favour and awarding damages totalling nearly £150,000.

Circuit promoters Croft Promo-Sport appealed against the decision but that appeal failed last month, leaving the circuit with an extensive damages bill - which includes the Watson's reported £700,000 legal costs. The circuit has also been hit with an injunction which limits its usage to 40 days a year.

The saga has provoked widespread anger amongst motor sport fans, with a support group on social networking site Facebook now having almost 16,000 members.

A petition to the Prime Minister Gordon Brown has also been set up on the website of 10 Downing Street (accessible by clicking HERE) with more than 3,600 having signed up to 'Save Croft' at the time of writing. According to the Downing Street website, each petition will then be passed onto the relevant Government department for a response.

Fans have also been invited to sign up for the 'Save our Circuits' website (found HERE), which aims to show support not only for Croft, but for all venues which could face – or have faced – similar problems.


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Bernard Bell - Unregistered

March 03, 2009 2:23 PM

Yet again we see 'history' being undermined by money-grabbing individuals. The Watsons are obviously people who spend their lives with their heads up their backsides and full of their own self importance. Croft Circuit has been in existance for decades, and has as a result, kept North Yorkshire on the Motor-sport map. This in turn has let to many businesses moving into the area - with the resultant additional employment. The development of the site, with a great concern being taken to reduce the effects of noise and traffic congestion on the local commuity, has made the venue one of International importance. These very arrogant complainants obviously had another agenda. Money!

the track has been going for years i can remember when i was a child,it was just a rallycross curciut and a good day for everyone why now have they decided they have had enough and need to claim ,are they wanting a new car or early retirement.anyway why cant the curcuit and local business s claim off the watsons for loss of earnings.surely there is a claim for local people earning a honest living.WATCH OUT DURHAM TEES VALLEY YOUR NEXT ON THE LIST YOUR PLANES ARE TO LOUD WAKE UP WATSONS BE FARE ON YOUR LOCALS DONT FORGET JUNE 14 HE HE



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