The Save The Velodrome campaign is looking for trustees to help it in the next phase of its bid to save South London’s historic Herne Hill track, the last surviving venue from the London Olympics in 1948, and is holding an open morning this Saturday for anyone interested in getting involved.
With British Cycling having agreed terms for a 15-year lease on the site earlier this year, campaigners are turning their attention towards drawing up a business plan, bringing trustees on board, and commencing the consultation phase ahead of designing the project and submitting it to the planning authorities.
“It’s this work and the help we need to deliver it which will take the greatest amount of support from Velodrome users, local residents, stakeholders and supporters from across the South East, so if you can get involved, please do,” say campaigners.
“There will be an open morning at the Velodrome on Saturday 4 June from 10am until 12am when anyone thinking of putting themselves forward as a potential Trustee can see the site and talk to users and the members of the campaign.,” says the Save The Velodrome campaign in its latest email newsletter.
“In particular we are looking for an accountant to enable us to properly keep track of our finances. We also need a Treasurer for the Trust as well as a charity officer to help with funding applications, plus someone with expertise to help with events, fundraising and setting up a museum in the run up to the Olympics in 2012. We also need an administration officer to help with managing all the exciting things going on.
“These are all vital roles which will bring you to the heart of a project which has already achieved high level support,” the email adds.
Anyone who thinks they have the requisite skills to help the campaign ensure Herne Hill’s future as a cycling venue is asked to email Hillary Peachey at the Save The Velodrome campaign, and an application form to become a trustee can be found here.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.