As the Bombers entered their second season at Brooklands, the opposition to the sport being staged there gathered momentum. In May of 1970, the speedway promoters faced their first High Court challenge. This came about as a result of action by one resident of Willow Street, who had sought an injunction banning speedway at Brooklands. The court was told that residents suffered "extreme discomfort" while speedway meetings were in progress. It was claimed that people had difficulties in getting their children to sleep because of noise from "unsilenced motorcycles and amplified pop music and announcements".
Mr. Justice Megarry stated that, although a prima facie case had been established, he did not think that an immediate injunction should be granted. The promoters gave an undertaking to the High Court to switch off two loudspeakers and to confine the use of the public address system to racing announcements only, thus effectively banning the playing of music between races. Racing was also to end by 9.30pm, which had the knock-on effect of reducing second-half races to three laps.
The Havering Tory Group, lead by Ald. Jack Moultrie, investigated the possibility of promoting a Private Members' Bill in Parliament in order to change the law relating to the 28-day "Occasional Use" clause which negated the need for planning permission to stage speedway at Brooklands.
By October of 1970, a fresh outburst of complaints had come from residents near Gallows Corner, Gidea Park with the announcement by Romford FC that they were looking into moving to the nearby Old Libertians football ground. An opposition group was formed here, too - comprising residents of Ramsay Gardens. "If the move takes place, speedway would move there too", said a spokesperson. Amazingly, this led to an angry response from the Brooklands Tenants Association. Cllr. Winnie Whittingham, whose ward included the Brooklands stadium area, said, "I'm furious with the Gidea Park residents who don't want the new stadium. We don't want the noise either!" The "Not In My Back Yard" mentality is clearly not a recent development!
Bombers' second season ended with uncertainty about their future from two fronts. Firstly, the resident who had gone to the High Court earlier in the year to seek the banning of speedway at Brooklands announced that he was going ahead with further action. He claimed that the noise reduction measures put into place by the Promoters, which also included the erection of a 6ft high "noise-baffling" wall on top of the terracing, had not remedied the nuisance. "We've built a very expensive wall and noise meter readings show it has reduced the noise", countered Maurice Morley. "We've kept to the letter as far as our undertakings are concerned".
The second threat came from Romford FC chairman Jim Parrish, who was anxious to press ahead with the sale of Brooklands in order to clear the football club's debts. "We can't go on for ever at Brooklands", said Parrish. "We want to take the speedway with us but, if it's going to affect our chances of getting a new ground, the football must come first". The year ended with Parrish speculating that the football club might even leave the Romford area completely, with Basildon being suggested as an alternative venue.
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