Oxford racetrack in line for listed status

Oxford racing track valued by public

The disused greyhound racing track in Oxford has been nominated by the public as one of the city's most significant assets.

Oxford City Council are compiling the Oxford Heritage Assets Register, in the hope of identifying those places locally which may not be protected by legislation but still hold extreme sentimental value to the residents of the surrounding area and Oxford in general.

The stadium has not hosted greyhound racing since December when the Greyhound Racing Association made the decision to close the track for good. Dogs may well have chased the hare in Oxford for the very last time, but Oxford Heritage officer Robert Lloyd-Sweet said this vote showed that locals had made their feelings clear on the once-bustling venue.

Mr Lloyd-Sweet, commented: "This is a great opportunity for local people to contribute their own knowledge, explain what this part of the local environment means to them, and how they value it".

The heritage officer went on to discuss the importance of the vote which had taken place, explaining: "Designation of the Oxford Stadium as a heritage asset would mean the value the site holds will be considered when making decisions about its future with a detailed understanding of the historic interest it holds and how it is valued locally".

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