17 jobs to go at Essex racetrack

SEVENTEEN jobs are to go at an Essex racetrack after administrators revealed they will not be seeking a temporary racing licence following talks with the British Horseracing Authority.

SEVENTEEN jobs are to go at an Essex racetrack after administrators revealed they will not be seeking a temporary racing licence following talks with the British Horseracing Authority.

Now it is hoped a buyer can be found for Great Leigh's racetrack and the new owners granted a racing licence.

The racetrack, Britain's newest course, was operating under a temporary licence until earlier in the month, when the BHA refused it an extension.

Deloitte were appointed as administrators to the group of companies that own and operate Great Leighs shortly afterwards.


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A deadline of close of business on February 6 has been set for interested parties to submit indicative offers with a view to completing a sale of the Essex track.

A statement from the administrators said that as a consequence of the decision not to seek a temporary licence, it has unfortunately been necessary to make 17 staff, predominantly in racing related roles, redundant.

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Carlton Siddle, Joint Administrator and Deloitte Partner, said: "While the joint administrators will not be applying for a temporary racing licence, we are hopeful that a sale of the business and the granting of a full licence to the new owners can be achieved, allowing the new owners to stage the remaining 2009 fixtures.

"In the absence of racing at Great Leighs we have unfortunately had to make today's redundancies. We are grateful to the management and staff of Great Leighs for their supports during this uncertain time."

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