The company which owns the former Brandon Stadium site is due to stand trial accused of failing to adequately secure the grounds against intruders.
Brandon Estates Ltd is alleged to have failed to have complied with a community protection notice issued by Rugby Borough Council.
The notice under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act was intended to prevent unauthorised access to the former motorsport arena, which was once the home of the Coventry Bees speedway team.
Brandon Estates, of St Helier, Jersey, is accused of failing to ensure the site was “suitably and sufficiently” secured against entry by “unauthorised persons or groups” between April 2, 2019 and September 20, 2019.
The allegation relates to “buildings and associated structures” on the former stadium site, which lies six miles east of Coventry in Brandon, Warwickshire.
At Birmingham Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Friday, October 16), the case was moved into the new year, with the prosecution and defence to first agree a schedule aimed at narrowing the facts in dispute after the length of trial was estimated at up to four days.
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The list of allegations in the ‘Scott Schedule’ is to be served on the defence within 28 days, who are to respond with comments within 28 days before another hearing at court to see if the issues can be narrowed to reduce the time of the hearing.
Fred Philpott, representing Brandon Estates, told the court: “The suggestion to the court by both parties is the prosecution serve a schedule of allegations.”
The hearing this morning was the fifth time the case has been before the courts.
Talbir Singh, representing Rugby Borough Council, said: “Both parties share the concern of the court in respect of the antiquity of the case and the issues that need to be refined.”
District Judge David Wain said: “I’m aware of the delay of the case but given there is a real issue of length of trial and bearing in mind the time that there will now be before the four-day trial will be listed in this court I’m minded to adjourn for a further case management conference.”
The case management hearing is due to take place on February 5.