Croft future in doubt after appeal blow

Published: 26 January 2009

The Croft circuit has suffered a massive blow today after losing an appeal related to noise pollution at the historic racing venue.

The future of the Darlington circuit is now uncertain after the Court of Appeal rejected Croft’s appeal against a decision to award nearly £150,000 in damages to local residents living nearby the track.

Derek and Julia Watson and their daughter Jill recently won damages in the High Court last April for ‘loud, intrusive and repetitive noise.’

A short statement from the track this afternoon read: “Croft Promosport Ltd is extremely disappointed with the Court of Appeal's decision today in relation to the recent High Court Judgment, which has serious implications for the circuit and the motor racing industry generally.

"We are reviewing the position carefully and would not wish to make any further comment at this stage.”

Today’s decision casts a huge cloud of other race tracks in the UK, with a precedent now set for residents claiming noise pollution when they live in the vicinity of tracks that not only host race meetings, but also successful track days.