Herne Hill Velodrome needs £5 million
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 12:00am 10 February 2011
- Posted in: News and blogs, Take action, Southwark
- Tagged with: velodrome, herne hill
- Boroughs: Southwark
Politicians and sports personalities are backing the Save the Herne Hill Velodrome campaign’s aim of raising £5million to rebuild the historic venue.
Lord Sebastian Coe, chair of the Olympic organising committee, Tessa Jowell MP, former Sports minister, Val Shawcross, London Assembly member, Kate Hoey MP and Tommy Godwin, 1948 cycling medallist, and Tony Doyle, frame builder and former professional cyclist all attended a packed supporters meeting at City Hall on Monday 7th February.
The track, built originally in 1891 and part of the 1948 Olympics, is currently used by thousands of professionals, keen amateurs and youngsters.
Olympic Gold medallist Bradley Wiggins started out at the track and says ”It’s appeal goes beyond professionals like me – it generates our country’s future winners and Londoners need to fight to keep this facility.”
LCC’s local group, Southwark Cyclists, has supported the campaign to save Herne Hill from the outset. The Dulwich Estate, which owns the stadium, also wants to see the continuation of cycling at the stadium. The campaign is supported by British Cycling, local councils and the Mayor of London.
Plans for the improved stadium include a resurfaced track, a new pavilion as well as a family cycle circuit, an off-road track and a bike polo pitch.