Panel opposes Lincoln racecourse plan

Plans to re-introduce horse racing to Lincoln's West Common have been opposed by an advisory body.

The Lincoln Racecourse Regeneration Company (LRRC) says that staging races at Carholme up to 16 times a year would provide a boost to the city's economy.

But the independent Commons Advisory Committee, a panel of local interest groups, said the proposals were too vague.

The city council is due to make a decision on the plans next month.

'Questions unanswered'

The LRRC has so far been available to comment on the outcome of the panel meeting which took place on Monday night.

The company has previously said the return of professional flat racing to the Common would improve the area and the amenities it provides local residents, workers and visitors and at no cost to the taxpayer.

But many local residents are against the idea, claiming it could cause disruption including parking problems.

Speaking after Monday's meeting the advisory panel's chairman, Helen Heath, said: "Everybody round the table feels that the proposals don't really come up to scratch, that there is insufficient detail.

"There is no business plan, there's no financial breakdown. There are too many questions left unanswered."

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