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Romford Dogs confirms building has asbestos but issues with emergency lighting is reason behind temporary closure

PUBLISHED: 12:30 23 November 2017

Romford Greyhound Stadium in Romford. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Romford Greyhound Stadium in Romford. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

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The Romford greyhound stadium, which has been closed on and off for the past two weeks, has confirmed there is asbestos in the building, but concerns over emergency lighting is the reason behind its closure.

The Coral stadium in London Road, Romford, was forced to close last Monday, Tuesday and Thursday but partially reopened on Friday and Saturday.

However, the Coral Essex Vase, a popular competition run at the venue over 575m which was due to take place tonight (Fri), has been postponed.

Coral spokesman Simon Clare, has since revealed to the Recorder that there is asbestos in the main stand, which is being “monitored regularly to ensure it remains in a safe condition” but it is not the issue that is stopping the venue from opening.

After repeatedly trying to get a further comment from Coral, it has been made clear that the emergency lighting in the main stand needs replacing and a further update on when the stadium will reopen will be given later this week.

He said: “Despite our ongoing efforts to resolve the issues at Romford, we have not yet made sufficient progress to enable racing to take place for the remainder of this week.

“We can only apologise again on behalf of Coral Romford Stadium to all the trainers, owners, kennelhands, bookmakers and customers that have been affected by this situation.

“The main issue we need to resolve is the replacement of the emergency lighting in the main stand, to meet required safety standards relating to the safe egress of customers and colleagues from the area in the unlikely event of an incident or loss of power.

“We are totally committed to Romford Stadium, and to the greyhound community based out of Romford, which is why we want to resume racing and to resolve this as quickly as possible.”

The Recorder reported last week that the temporary closure of the greyhound stadium meant that the charity fundraising night - organised by Mayor of Havering Councillor Linda Van den Hende - had to be cancelled.

She was disappointed after months of planning the event, which would have helped raise around £1,500 for three good causes in the borough.

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