Towcester news: Mixed reactions to plans for dog track

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MIXED reactions have greeted the plans to create a greyhound track at Towcester Racecourse.

In last week’s Advertiser, it was revealed that the famous racecourse was looking to turn the venue into Northants new night out by adding a greyhound circuit, although the plans are currently in their early stages.

If the proposals go ahead, it could create hundreds of jobs for the area.

In the first year, greyhound races could take place on a Friday or Saturday night.

The news has met with a mixture of reactions with the mayor of Towcester, Jacqueline Hart, last week saying she was reserving judgement on the propsals until she saw more information.

Brian Taylor, chairman of the South Northants Leisure Trust, said in his personal opinion, the project would be an advantage to Towcester.

He said: “My feeling is it is going to be a boost to the economy and another leisure activity.

“Greyhound racing is completely different to what it used to be. I think this could attract some more tourism and it seems they very much want to make the racecourse a premier venue in the UK and that is going to bring people into the area.”

But Caryn Wood, from greyhound welfare charity, GREY2K USA, said greyhound racing was ‘cruel and inhumane.’

For the full story, see this Friday’s Advertiser.