Local residents, students and motorsport enthusiasts congregated in front of the Blaenau Gwent council offices earlier today, in a public show of support for the proposed Circuit of Wales.

Today marks the first day of a Public Inquiry that will discuss plans to de-register common land located within the planned Circuit of Wales development in Ebbw Vale.

The Circuit of Wales already has a five-year contract (plus further five-year option) to hold the British MotoGP round, but has reached an agreement for Silverstone to host the 2015 and 2016 races while its own venue is built.

The Inquiry is expected to sit for ten days before a recommendation is made to Welsh Ministers whether or not, on balance, the s16 application should be granted.

"We thank those who turned out today in support of the Circuit of Wales and the continued support from the wider community," said Michael Carrick, Chief Executive of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company.

"Five years ago, we were first attracted to Blaenau Gwent due to the opportunity for regeneration and this has not changed. The development will help to regenerate the region through creating thousands of employment opportunities and attracting further investment into the local economy.

"The Public Inquiry is the next and final step before we can move towards the construction phase".



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