A vote on Battersea’s chances of hosting the London ePrix will be taken by the local Wandsworth council next week.
Wandsworth’s Community Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee will decide whether it agrees to hold the event in Battersea, located in the Borough of Wandsworth.
This vote by the area’s local government authority is only a preliminary stage in the race’s approval process. If an overall positive verdict is reached, a second decision will be made by the same committee at the end of next month, before the matter is passed on to the council’s executive for final approval.
The council’s environment spokesman Councillor Jonathan Cook said: “As things stand right now, there is a proposal on the table and councillors are being asked whether or not they support the idea in principle. There is still plenty of work to be done before a final decision can be made.
“We are keen to support advances in this important environmental technology and give our backing to the globally important British motor racing industry that generates many thousands of jobs in the UK’s engineering sector.”
A test run through the streets of London in a Spark-Renault SRT_01E by Beijing winner Lucas di Grassi, which took place at 5am on 14 August, did not result in any noise complaints from residents – an encouraging sign that Wandsworth council is likely to approve the ePrix’s location.
The council’s final approval of the ePrix does not guarantee that it will go ahead – once approved, it will then be subject to the usual planning permission process, which can take a further two months to complete.
In the case of Battersea’s plans falling through, East London’s ExCel exhibition centre could be a viable alternative, having emerged in recent days as a strong candidate for hosting the ePrix.
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