United Downs to revive car racing after Cornwall Council postponement

The stock car races will continue in Cornwall, but only for one more year.

Stock car racing has been going on at United Downs for over 60 years, but the future of banger racing looked bleak when it turned out that the venue had been leased to a geothermal rum distillery.

What could possibly be the last race ever in Cornwall took place at United Downs Raceway near St Day in late October, with little word about the future and doubts whether it would ever resume.

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Now operators Purple Cornwall have been granted a reprieve after Cornwall Council signed a new one-year deal with them meaning banger racing fans can enjoy their favorite hobby for at least another 12 months.

The previous lease for the United Downs Raceway site, owned by the council, ended in October 2021, with the authority having previously entered into a commercial lease with the Cornwall Distillery Company to develop plans for a renewable heat-powered rum distillery on the site .

Following the refusal of planning permission for the distillery’s proposals in mid-October, the municipality said it was working with partners to enable racing in the 2022 season.

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The result is a new 12-month lease.

David Harris, Cornwall Council Funds Portfolio Holder, said: “We are delighted that we have come to an arrangement that means racing can continue into 2022. We don’t want the site to sit empty while the long-term future becomes considered, and we will continue to work on that with all parties.”



Jamesy has a great time at United Downs Raceway

Raceway co-promoter Crispen Rosevear said it wasn’t just one year and that was it, but insisted it was a green light for next season and talks would begin before 2023. He said the decision meant that Land Rover off-road trials, young biker events and community events could continue at the site in 2022.

The raceway’s Community Hub will also remain available for rental to community organizations.

He said: “We are so incredibly grateful to all those involved who have contributed so positively to the campaign over the past year, especially the local councillors, council workers and many stakeholders, who have all worked tirelessly to ensure stock car racing is embedded. in the county since the 1950s, may continue in Cornwall.”

Crispen added: “This is the opportunity we have strived for, to continue to serve the community by providing an accessible fun day out for all the family, combining motorsports and entertainment in a safe, controlled environment.”

Connor Donnithorne, Cornwall Council Member for Redruth Central, Carharrack & St Day, said: “Since my election I have made it a priority to protect this important community asset, which is loved by so many of the people I represent in Redruth Central , Carharrack and St. Day I am grateful that this administration has recognized the value of the United Downs Raceway to both my communities and all of Cornwall.”

Cllr Thomas, Cornwall Council member for Lanner, Stithians and Gwennap, agreed, adding: “I am pleased to see a solution has been found and that there will be 15 race days of racing in 2022. I also want to work together.” with my local community to identify additional users on the site that meet the municipality’s environmental aspirations.”

The Cornwall Distillery Company has an agreement, which runs until September 2023, which will allow it to advance its development on the site. The Council will continue to work with the distillery to achieve its ambitions on this site or on other sites under its control.

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