Reading Speedway will get a brand new stadium next year, after planning bosses finally agreed to the go-ahead at a Reading Borough Council planning committee meeting last night.

The development in South Reading will be the first of its kind in the UK and will include a casino and a brand new speedway & greyhound stadium on land alongside Island Road, formerly a trail bike park. The new site is just a few hundred yards away from the current speedway and greyhound stadium.

Proposals for a new speedway and greyhound stadium had been dragging on for the past seven years, but thankfully the long wait is now over.

The 'Racino' - an American term for a casino and racing track - will be accompanied by a 538-space car park and free-standing kennels. Work will begin late this summer and should be completed by 2008, subject to legal agreements, according to the developers.

Reading Bulldogs co-promoter and team manager Jim Lynch was obviously pleased to hear the news on Tuesday morning, he said: "This is absolutely magnificent news for the sport and in particular our Club.

"To finally get this announcement and after all the speculation, the whole future of the Club has been transformed inside 24 hours.

"We have a few days break from the racing now and we can really begin to take in the enormity of this news during that period.

"However, we have two big home matches coming up, starting next Friday (4th May) when the World Champion Jason Crump is in town with the Poole Pirates and then a tough fixture against Eastbourne three days later. Wouldn't it be great to see our fans turn out in large numbers and make these two matches a celebration of this fantastic news that secures the future of our speedway Club."

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