Battersea residents kill off parkland FIA ePrix race

London ePrix 2015Battersea residents and Wandsworth Borough Council have agreed to drop a judicial review into London’s FIA Formula E race – because organisers have agreed this July’s race will be the last in Battersea Park.

Upset by disruption and a lack of tickets for residents, the Battersea residents and local council took organisers of the low-noise eco race series to court in an attempt to get the race stopped.

They believed they had a good case and some racing industry insiders agree Formula E organisers badly handled the relationship with Battersea locals – but it was argued in court it was too late to stop this year’s race, which is the 2015/16 season finale.

It was thus agreed that the July event will go ahead, but be the last one held in Battersea Park.

Which is to the relief of Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag, who said he was “very pleased that the Visa London ePrix will go ahead as planned.”

However, although this is it for the London Formula E race in its current form, Agag did say it needn’t be the end of the FIA race series in London – and he even added it could take the form of a Monaco Grand Prix-style street race on the capital’s roads.

“We now look forward to finding a new home him London, using the streets and backdrop of one of the most famous and recognisable cities in the world.”

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  • susan ekins

    I am afraid you have it all wrong. Residents took the Council to Court. It was the Council who had organised everything so badly. Do not blame FE, who have shown, through their CEO Alejandro Agag, that they have listened and then did the right thing. If anyone is to blame it is Boris Johnson and Wandsworth Council who ignored everyone’s concerns about disruption, unsuitability, and vast carbon footprint in the setting up and de-rigging. It takes a Spanish CEO to show the Council how they should have behaved.