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Southwell given go-ahead to install floodlights.

Byline: Lewis Porteous

SOUTHWELL took a step closer to becoming the fifth track in Britain to race under lights after committee members of newark and sherwood District Council voted on tuesday evening in favour of the course's ambitious plans to erect floodlights.

the dual-purpose track, owned by Arena racing Company, submitted plans to light the entire circuit of just over a mile and a quarter and the five-furlong chute with the addition of 54 floodlight pylons in July and has designs on starting the project next year.

Providing additional fixtures are granted by the BHA, southwell will join Chelmsford, Kempton, newcastle and Wolverhampton by staging evening racing under floodlights from as early as 2019.

"Arc is very pleased planning permission has been granted to construct floodlights at southwell racecourse," said southwell's executive director Mark Clayton.

"subject to future fixture allocation, the current intention is for construction to begin in 2018 in time for racing under floodlights to start at southwell in 2019."

there is no intention to stage jump racing under floodlights at the track.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 9, 2017
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