London cyclists gather to save the Herne Hill Velodrome in south London
photo Hundreds attended the Save The Velodrome public meeting at Dulwich College on 6 October 2010
The campaign to save the Herne Hill Velodrome is in full swing, and claiming its first success.
In early October, the Save The Velodrome campaign made an urgent call to all stakeholders to attend a public a meeting to discuss the fate of the country’s oldest cycling track and to raise funds to keep it open.
On 6th October, over 700 people attended this meeting at Dulwich College which was organised by a coalition of residents and cyclists joining forces to save the former Olympic stadium.
As a direct result of the meeting, the Save the Velodrome committee is now setting up a charitable trust to manage the track and its outreach programmes. The meeting has also prompted renewed negotiations for a long-term lease.
Speakers at the meeting included representatives from British Cycling, Southwark Council, local residents associations and other organisations and individuals currently using the track.
So far the campaign has received over 300 pledges totalling £27,000 of long-term funding together with one-off capital pledges of £8000 from members of the public and local businesses. Southwark Council has pledged £25,000 and Lambeth a further £10,000.