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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Sauble Speedway Noise Update

Sauble Beach | by John Divinski  

Speedway reps & Town officials discuss noise levels before the race season revs up.

Sauble Speedway isn't speeding anywhere for the time being.

It's up to Speedway officials and nearby neighbours coming up with a solution to noise concerns, before an operating bylaw is passed.

Appearing before South Bruce Peninsula council, both sides of the problem, made their pitches and it's all about noise from the track.

Marketing and New Business Development Director for the Speedway, Joe Chisholm says he wants to be a good neighbour and he believes the issue can be fixed.

However, Chisholm says proposing that the track have two days of "dark time" is unreasonable for practice runs.

Town staff recommends that practices be limited to Wednesday through Friday, 1pm to 8pm with one car only on the track at any given time.

Chisholm counters that by adding Monday and Tuesday to the mix, it would mean less intermittent noise over the course of the 5-day week.

Concerned neighbour Mary Ann Hughes says there's no doubt it's all about the noise, not so much on race night but during those practice runs, however she's encouraged that officials want to work out a solution.

Hughes says "It's taken us a long time to get this far at the table so we can all the issues (dealt with)."

The Sauble Speedway hopes to begin its summer season by Canada Day Weekend.

In the meantime, everything's on hold until the noise issues are ironed out between all sides and brought back to council on May 7th for potential bylaw approval.

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