Formula E to return?

Wandsworth Councillors are due to meet to consider proposals that could see the return of Formula E racing to Battersea Park in 2016 and 2017.

The organisers of the 2015 race want to return for 2016.

Wandsworth’s cabinet member for community services Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “There has been a great deal of public consultation about Formula E, both beforehand and now post the event.

“This latest round has given local people the chance to express their views having had the benefit of seeing the event and all that it involved. This has generated a large number of responses, many of which are from people in favour of the event’s return but also many from those who are implacably opposed.”

If the committee votes in favour of Formula E returning, it would mean the park staging races in both 2016 and the summer of 2017.

More than 55,000 spectators attended the two races held in the park in June, which saw the climax of this year’s Formula E World Championship.

The council will use the income received to help pay for major maintenance and improvement projects within Battersea Park, and elsewhere in the borough.

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