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Mallory Park faces closure after operator goes into administration

Mallory Park Motorsport Limited has been put into administration. The venue has been operating as a motorcycle and car race circuit for many years. In 1985 a Noise Notice was attached to Mallory Park Motorsport Limited (MPML) embracing all circuit activities and Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council decided to prosecute MPML on five charges of the Notice during 2012 which involved operating on a Saturday over and above the four days agreed in the Notice. The court hearing took place in August 2013 and ruled that MPML was guilty of this breach on the five occasions, but MPML was given the right to take the establishment rights of the 1985 Notice to a higher court.

Following the Court case, MPML immediately implemented the conditions of the 1985 Notice, thus effectively reducing the circuit activity to two days per week. MPML reported that significant losses were being incurred. It was clear that a more dynamic approach needed to be taken to overcome the significant hurdles and in September MPML developed an innovative three stage Recovery Plan to take Mallory forwards which would hopefully meets the wishes of local residents and form the basis of a viable business.

Very constructive dialogue was held with the Leader of HBBC and senior officials and MPML said it was receiving very encouraging reactions from them to the Plan. A fundamental component of the Plan was the agreement of the Land Owner to reduce the annual lease rental, which had risen by over 40% over the last eight years and had reached untenable levels. Very regrettably, despite intense work by the MPML board, the Land Owner – Titan Properties Ltd – refused to make a substantive offer to allow the Recovery Plan to proceed.

British Automobile Racing Club were keen to support MPML (and did so up to the final race meeting by paying for certain essential supplies allowing the meeting to place) and indeed would have supported MPML to ensure all its trade creditors were paid. To that end, it needed the support of the Landlord with a sustainable rent but, regrettably, this was not possible to achieve.

Accordingly, having no firm visibility into 2014 and beyond, MPML directors had no option but to place the company into Administration. The administrator, Ian Robert of Kingston Smith & Partners LLP, commented:

I will be working with all the stakeholders to ensure that Mallory Park will see racing again. I hope the administration process can assist in finding a solution which will be beneficial to all parties concerned. To that end, I will be negotiating with the landlord and the council, with the support of the BARC, to ensure that racing can be enjoyed at Mallory Park for years to come. Although it is early days, I am hopeful that, once a solution to the lease is found, all of the company’s creditors should receive a substantial dividend, which I understand is very much the driving force behind the continued support of the BARC.