Speed racers stall in bid to increase events

Ryan Farquhar celebrates winning the Northern 600, in the Ian Watson Spring Cup race meeting, on Olivers Mount, Sunday.  Picture by Andrew Higgins 121569h        14/04/12
Ryan Farquhar celebrates winning the Northern 600, in the Ian Watson Spring Cup race meeting, on Olivers Mount, Sunday. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121569h 14/04/12

There is to be no increase in the number of race day at Oliver’s Mount following complaints from people living close to the track.

Scarborough Council’s cabinet declined to send a request from Auto66, which runs the events at the historic venue, out to public consultation.

The organisers had wanted to add one extra race day in April, to create a two-day event in order to bring more visitors to the track.

Around 70 responses were sent to the council with the split being almost exactly half in favour and half against.

Crucially in the eyes of the councillors, the half that were in favour did not live near to the race track.

Council leader, Cllr Tom Fox, said: “I understand that there is a benefit to having more races at Oliver’s Mount but at this time I do not feel there has been enough progress in mitigating the disruption to people living near to Oliver’s Mount.

“Therefore this is not something I can support.”

His views were echoed by Cllr Bill Chatt.

Mr Chatt added: “I liver near to Newby and on a race day I can hear it at my house so I have sympathy for people who live close to the track.”

The council heard how the races at Oliver’s Mount bring in around £130,000 to the local economy each year.