CAMPAIGNERS are urging ‘as many people as possible’ to attend a meeting which they say is vital to the future of Oxford Stadium.

Between £20-25 million could be invested in Oxford Stadium in Cowley if plans of businessman Nick Budimir come to fruition.

Mr Budimir previewed his plans to bring the stadium back into use at a public meeting at the Chequers pub in Headington Quarry on Tuesday, November 26.

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He was accompanied by his financier Peter Webb, as well as Oxford city councillor Alex Hollingsworth and former Oxford East MP Andrew Smith.

Mr Budimir’s plans would restore the stadium to full operation, with greyhounds, speedway and other activities as part of his business plan, along with a small number of homes on the site.

But before the can can go ahead, the city council’s local plan, which includes preparations to bring the stadium back to use, needs to be approved by government planning inspectors.

Save Oxford Stadium chairman Ian Sawyer said: “We need as many people as possible at the King’s Centre in Osney Mead between 10am and 1pm on December 10, for the local plan hearing, because it’s vital that people show to the planning inspectors the level of enthusiasm behind Nick Budimir’s plans and how much passion there is for the stadium.

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“We need fans along there with their tee-shirts or jackets or scarves or anything which shows their support.

“If Nick’s plans come to fruition it would be brilliant for fans of the Oxford Cheetahs, greyhound enthusiasts and the whole community.

“The council have been very supportive, but they’ve done all they can for now – it’s the general public who can show the level of support to the planning inspectorate on December 10.”

The Oxford Stadium hearing will take place at the King’s Centre, Osney Mead, OX2 0ES, as part of the overall hearing regarding the Oxford Local Plan.