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Editor’s comment: Please Coral, just be open with us all.

PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 November 2017

Romford Greyhound Stadium in Romford. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Romford Greyhound Stadium in Romford. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

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The closure last week of Romford Greyhound Stadium for failing an unspecified fire safety test was always going to cause some consternation among race-goers.

The stadium is a major attraction for the borough and offers a fun night out for families, groups of friends, parties and charity fundraisers.

They are entitled to know the reasons for the closure but stadium owners Ladbrokes Coral have been very tight-lipped about the reasons.

Last week we were told the company did not believe the issues identified posed a risk of fire but the stadium in London Road was closed from Monday until Friday.

It was open on Saturday but the public were not allowed into either of the stands, with no explanation. Doormen were posted on the doors to ensure people did not get in.

This week it is closed again and Ladbrokes Coral can’t tell us when it will reopen.

After we were tipped off that there was asbestos in the main stand, and following repeated attempts from us to get the facts, the company’s spokesman admitted that was true but insisted asbestos was not the reason for the closure.

And finally, just before deadline Coral said that the issue was that emergency lighting in the main stand needs replacing.

Why has it been so hard to find out what is going on?

Surely racing fans and the owners and trainers of the dogs who are losing money, deserve to know.

Being kept in the dark just makes people frustrated and conspiracy theories abound.

Meanwhile, there’s some good news for motorists who regularly use the A127 and have been caught up in the delays caused by the bridge works.

The slip road is due to open in December and will hopefully make our journeys a little easier.

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