While it took DMBC
five years to agree a joint-venture partnership with racecourse operator Arena Leisure that will reach initial fruition in August, when a new grandstand, exhibition centre and racecourse stabling is opened, discussions on a fresh site for DBS, which is separate from Arena's involvement, were the subject of even longer delays.
In addition, DMBC
had already declined to take up a request from RUK to cover Doncaster fixtures that were subsequently transferred to courses signed up to ATR.
swept aside third-placed BSC 30-8 in their Division Two fixture, mainly due to an excellent 19-3 win by Clive King, Dave Wheatley and Trevor Pearson.
Arena is on the verge of entering into a joint venture with course landlord Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC
) to carry out the pounds 55 million racecourse-site redevelopment.
Wordsley are in second spot after a 19-8 success against DMBC
His anger is directed at DMBC
, adding: "We want to know why the council didn't pay the creditors directly, rather than into a company going into administration, and then paralysed any payment out of DRL by its actions."
The two prospective partners drew closer last week, when Arena submitted an outline planning application to DMBC
for the first phase, which includes a new grandstand and racecourse stabling on one site.
The plan would get the goahead - signalling closure of the course after the jumps meeting on December 19 until at least mid-July 2007 - when DMBC
and Arena sign a joint venture agreement on the development and planning permission is granted.