Hesketh race body denies violating deed

2008-07-14 00:00

The Roy Hesketh Motor Racing Foundation (RHMRF) have denied violating an agreement with the municipality regarding the Roy Hesketh Racing Circuit, and that its bike event on Saturday was cancelled. It insisted more activities will be held in the future.

RHMRF Managing Director Mike Fogg said noise levels did not exceed the acceptable limit.

“No decibel reading was ever taken outside of our limits and we will not stop our activities as … authorised by the council … and neither will we be intimidated by council officials attempting to do an about-turn in respect of contractual obligations …”

He added that they will not be drawn into arguments with the council in the press.

In response to Hayfields councillor Sandy Lyne’s statement regarding the terms of agreement, Fogg said: “The Roy Hesketh Motor Racing Circuit and its environs are now privately owned properties. The activities conducted at Roy Hesketh Circuit are confirmed in an agreement with the Msunduzi Municipality as well, reflected in the title deeds to the property.”

Msunduzi Traffic acting head Kenneth Chetty reiterated Lyne’s statement regarding the conditions of operation. He said organisers contravened conditions of the title deed.

“The foundation contravened terms of the title deed and that is why we stopped the event. If there is any attempt to hold another event that disturbs public peace, we will enforce the law”.

Fogg’s statement continued: “On June 28, the municipality conducted an investigation into allegations by some residents representing a small minority as to the conduct of the activities at the circuit, resulting in the council in writing informing us that we were acting exactly in terms of our agreement.

“The police invaded our property together with an armed task force and attempted to stop our activities and threatened the officers of the foundation with arrest,” said Fogg.

He said the foundation invited the traffic department to witness decibel level readings, which were found to be normal, but traffic police persisted with threats of arrest and the foundation had to rely on the protection of the police “to protect their rights and their officers”.

Fogg said they draw national television coverage for Pietermaritzburg through activities at Roy Hesketh Circuit.

“It should also be noted that the events at Hesketh are principally aimed at improved driving and riding standards and as such we are assisting to keep death off the roads in a positive way in a controlled environment, especially when one considers recent tragic events of street racing …

“The foundation has appointed an environmental specialist to assist the conservation area to improve the Hesketh Nature Conservancy to indicating our further positive contribution to the region.”

sandilez@witness.co.za

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