Work and Pensions Secretary and MP for Chingford and Woodford Green Iain Duncan Smith has kicked off a Tory bunfight with his ‘friend’ Mayor Boris Johnson. In a recent radio interview, IDS said he’s ‘absolutely furious’ over Johnson’s approval of a scheme for Walthamstow dog track. Last week, the Mayor gave the thumbs-up for a plan for 294 homes and a leisure complex to be built at the Grade II listed stadium. The track has been the subject of a fierce campaign to resurrect the site as a dog track ever since the Art Deco venue closed its doors in 2008. IDS said his constituents were now asking ‘what’s the point of Boris?’ The mayor said the plans would be a ‘major boost for Walthamstow.’ Campaign group Save Our Stow is urging people to write to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles, asking him to overturn the mayor’s decision. Rebecca Taylor
Learn more about Save Our Stow by visiting saveourstow.wordpress.com. Thanks to Katherine Green for these lovely pics of of the track shortly before it closed. See them all in her new book ‘Last Days at the Dogs‘.