The last remaining greyhound stadium in the North West is being demolished.
The historical Belle Vue greyhound stadium was legendary in Manchester, but will now make way for a housing estate.
Built on Kirkmanshulme Lane in Gorton in 1926, the stadium has employed thousands of people, but its closure is now expected to result in almost 200 job losses.
The development of the new site will be overseen by Countryside Properties, and will see 247 new houses built, 14% of which will be allocated under an affordable housing scheme.
The decision has come after proposals were submitted in response to the stadium's declining revenue and attendance in recent years.
However, Simon Banks, CEO of Star Recruitment believes this to be a false narrative.
He said: “The loss of Belle Vue is huge blow to greyhound racing in the UK as it is the only remaining track in the North West. There is a massive potential audience for the sport in Manchester and its environs and we know that when a track closes very few of the regular attendees go to other tracks, but rather they drift away from the sport."
“There is a false narrative that track closures are linked to declining interest. Attendances are actually holding up and I note that Romford’s Boxing Day meeting is sold out. Most recent track closures have been for residential development, not because of lack of interest. Greyhound racing is an affordable leisure option that appeals to young people in particular."
What do you think? Is this a good thing for the Gorton area, or would you like to see the stadium stay?