Cycling events at the Herne Hill Velodrome in Dulwich - London's home of track cycling since 1892 - are run by a charitble trust but the velodrome itself is owned by the Dulwich Estate. Despite a five year lease package offered by Southwark Council with the management of the site run by the London Velodrome Trust, the Dulwich Estate, a charity, is believed to be in favour of a 'secret' deal with a commercial leisure company. The Dulwich Estate locked the velodrome on 1st February. The Friends of HHV are urging cyclists to write to the CEO of the Dulwich Estate.

Velodrome’s owners negotiate lease deal with leisure company

Graeme Geddes, chair of the London Velodrome Trust, wrote to John Major, CEO of the Dulwich Estate, hoping negotiations could re-open between the Estate, Southwark Council and the Trust.

"You will be aware that The London Velodrome Trust (LVT) have, in partnership with Southwark, been pursuing options for the regeneration of the Herne Hill Velodrome (HHV), and that with confirmation of lease arrangements acceptable to public funders, are uniquely placed to access substantial amounts of public capital grant investment towards enhancing public use of the Velodrome," wrote Geddes.

"We have a specialist consultant team and resources in place and are continuing this work. LVT remains committed to working positively with The Estate, its future development partners, and all of the Velodrome’s stakeholders, to secure both investment for future regeneration of Herne Hill Velodrome – a unique London recreation facility with a rich sporting heritage dating from the late eighteenth century – and support for its continued operation in any interim period. We have immediate access to both financial and human resources for the latter.

"We appreciate The Estate’s operational constraints as a charity, and wish to contribute to solutions compatible with both this and our objective of ensuring a secure viable future for Velodrome, particularly given our ability to access resources.

"Because we consider that closure of the Velodrome, however short-term, would be damaging to all parties, we hereby request your urgent consideration of suitable licence arrangements for an interim operational framework between The Estate and LVT that will enable us to maintain un-interrupted public cycling provision at the Velodrome from the 1st February. This is particularly important now that the 2005 season is upon us, and that planning for this Good Friday’s 101st international race meeting is at an advanced stage."

To voice your opinion to the CEO of the Dulwich Estate here’s his contact details:

John Major

Chief Executive

The Dulwich Estate

Gallery Road


SE21 7AE

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