Work on safety fence to start in new few weeks

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The transformation of Central Park into a dual speedway and greyhound venue is continuing at pace.

The final parts of the track were carved out of the inner turf area of the venue last week, and will begin to look more and more like a speedway circuit in the next few weeks.

It will all be done in time for the start of the Kent Kings’ National League speedway season which starts in May.

Co-promoter of the Kings Len Silver said: “It’s good to know that the work on the sound barrier wall is increasing at pace and this, the biggest of all the jobs in the speedway installation, is now 25 per cent complete and well on target time-wise.

“The final parts of the turf were removed on Thursday and the initial base material will start to be imported during the next 10 days, one week ahead of schedule.

“Shale will then be transported from the Midlands for installation in the middle of February to ensure that there is plenty of time for the track to settle and compact.

“During this time the work will also start on the safety fence which will be designed to collapse on impact to ensure that there is nothing that will cause serious injury to any rider.

“To gain access to the pits from its position, as required by the town planning authority, a new vehicle entrance has to be cut through the high terracing and approximately 500 tons of material moved.

“Security fencing will also be installed before work progresses. This section is due to be completed by the middle of March.

“None of this construction will interfere with the Greyhound Racing activities.”

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