Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Raise [Pounds Sterling]3m for New Pavilion or Historic Velodrome Could Close'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Raise [Pounds Sterling]3m for New Pavilion or Historic Velodrome Could Close'

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Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger

THE historic cycling track where Sir Bradley Wiggins learned to ride could still be forced to close despite a [pounds sterling]1 million investment to restore its dilapidated facilities.

Herne Hill velodrome, used at the 1948 London Olympics, had fallen into disrepair. Campaigners have been fighting to save it and two years ago secured funding from British Cycling and Southwark council to resurface the main track, install lighting, and build a 250m junior track and multi-use games area.

But today the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust warned that without [pounds sterling]3 million more for the final phase -- a new pavilion and improvements to site access and parking -- it would be forced to close.

The trust launched a fundraising drive with help from big names including 2012 chief Sebastian Coe and Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton. Hillary Peachey, chairwoman of the trust, said: "We have to make the site sustainable and the only way is getting a pavilion. …

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