British Cycling appointed an independent building surveyor to undertake a condition survey of the track and the infrastructure. In addition, in the past week a risk assessment has been carried out by the British Cycling Cycle Sport department. The findings of these separate exercises conclude that, in its present condition the track, surrounds and in particularly the fence, are unsafe for hosting formal British Cycling cycle sport events. The next stage will require British Cycling to discuss the upgrade recommendations with the council. For the avoidance of doubt, British Cycling will not sanction formal cycle sport events on this venue until further notice.'
The closure of Palmer Park is a double blow for the Southern region following the suspension of racing at Preston Park, Brighton, in January, due to safety fears. The Mountbatten Test Track, Portsmouth has also been closed for twelve months following the tragic death of Richard Phillips-Schofield in a racing incident last March.