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Motorsport to pay 'noise' damages

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There are fears for the future of Croft motor racing circuit

A racing circuit on Teesside faces a 120,000 legal bill after it lost its appeal against having to pay damages to three nearby residents.

The Court of Appeal upheld a previous decision to make the owners of Croft Circuit pay compensation after the neighbours complained about the noise.

The company, Croft Promosport Ltd, was told to restrict "noisy activities" at the track to 40 days-a-year.

It said the ruling would have "serious implications for the circuit".

Support for track

A High Court judge ruled in April last year that the three neighbouring residents had been victims of "noise nuisance" and that Croft Promosport Ltd had to pay them damages.

More than 10,000 people have signed a petition on social networking site, Facebook, in support of the racing track, which has been a motorsport venue since the 1940s.

A spokesman for Croft Promosport Ltd, said: "We are extremely disappointed with the Court of Appeal's decision today in relation to the recent High Court judgment, which has serious implications for the circuit and the motor racing industry generally.

"We are reviewing the position carefully and would not wish to make any further comment at this stage."

It is believed the amount of damages and legal costs combined could reach 700,000.



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