Conservatives on Brighton & Hove City Council are calling on the Labour Party to back their campaign to save the historic Brighton National Speed Trials which are under threat from the city’s Green Administration.
At next Thursday’s (23rd January) Economic Development & Culture Committee meeting, Conservative Group Spokesperson, Vanessa Brown, will move an amendment calling on the Council to grant consent for the speed trials to take place on Madeira Drive on September 6th this year.
Following the Green Administration’s announcement of its intention to scrap the speed trials, the Conservative Group submitted a motion calling for the trials to be reinstated. Subsequently, an e-petition started by the Brighton & Hove Motor Club, calling for the event to be reinstated, has attracted an incredible 11,800 signatures (and counting). This is almost 4 times as many signatures as the previous record highest number for a Council petition.
Withdean Ward Councillor, Ken Norman, who has been working closely with the Brighton & Hove Motor Club to try and save the event said: “the huge number of signatures on the e-petition just goes to show what a big mistake the Greens have made in trying to scrap this much-loved historic event. The safety argument they are trying to use to discredit the event is just a smokescreen – this is really about their ideological opposition to anything to do with the motor car.”
Vanessa Brown added: “I hope that the Labour Group will join with us to defeat the Green’s proposal on Thursday. The Speed Trials have been taking place in Brighton since 1905 and they are part of the city’s heritage. It is sadly typical of the Greens that they want to trash this heritage as part of some politically-correct moral crusade.”