BREAKING Belle Vue have promotion licence revoked
Thursday 3rd November 2016 @ 14:28 by Mark Phillip

Breaking news has surfaced that the Belle Vue Aces’ speedway promotion licence has been revoked.

A statement has been uploaded to the official British Speedway website:

EFFECTIVE immediately, the British Speedway Promoters’ Association (BSPA) have made the decision to revoke Belle Vue Aces’ (BVA) speedway promotion licence.

The move comes after concerns over the financial management of the Manchester-based club.

At the same time, Manchester City Council have also made the decision to not renew Belle Vue’s licence to occupy the National Speedway Stadium at Belle Vue, Manchester.

Keith Chapman, Chairman of the British Speedway Promoters Association (BSPA), said: “The British Speedway Promoters Association have agreed to recommend to the Speedway Control Bureau that the present Belle Vue Speedway promotion is annulled due to their financial situation and this will take effect in the next few days.

“The Association will oversee Belle Vue Speedway’s affairs until a new promotion is established working closely with Manchester City Council and we confirm that Belle Vue Speedway will participate in the Speedway top league in the 2017 season.

“The BSPA would like to thank Manchester City Council for their support and understanding in such difficult times.”

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Since taking control of the National Speedway Stadium in March this year, BV Arena Ltd have also failed to meet important requirements of their agreement, including paying any rent on the property to the City Council.

“As a result Manchester City Council therefore are unable to renew Belle Vue Aces licence to occupy the building in their current position. It has also come to light that the group companies have significant debt not only with the Council but also other parties.

“The BSPA and the City Council have been in regular dialogue over the situation and both parties remain absolutely committed to speedway in Manchester, but this must be a long-term and sustainable solution for the club to ensure that Belle Vue Aces continue as the city’s speedway team.

“The City Council will now work closely with the BSPA to put in arrangements that can ensure the success of the National Speedway Stadium and develop speedway in Manchester.

“The Eastlands Trust will take over operations of the £8m National Speedway Stadium in the short term.”

A full statement on all decisions made by the BSPA at their AGM will be issued later today.

Belle Vue finished the Elite League season as runners-up for a second consecutive season in September.