We are Thurrock’s Hammers
“End of an era as Lakeside Hammers complete their final laps at Arena Essex. Looking forward to welcoming them back to Thurrock in the future. Good luck for the rest of the season. They might not be based here for a little while but they are still ours”
Jackie Doyle-Price. MP for Thurrock 14th September 2018
Following the closure of the Arena Essex Raceway for development, The Lakeside Hammers license is on ice for the 2019 season. The club aim to find a new track within the Thurrock borough. This page provides information and latest news regarding this campaign.
Please check back regularly and also submit a letter of support and sign our petition below.
Submit a letter of support
Along with signing our petition below, fans and local Thurrock residents can also send a letter of support for the return of the Lakeside Hammers to the borough to Cllr. Mark Coxshall, the Head of Planning and Regeneration, at Thurrock Council.
To use a pre-drafted letter, please click on the Download now button below, and the draft letter will launch in Word.
Our Online Petition
Following the closure of The Arena Essex Raceway, which was sold primarily for housing development, the club needs a new home.
Speedway, which is a fantastic, family friendly sport, has run in the borough for over 30 years and we believe that Thurrock is still a great location for a new facility and is a growing community that deserves the exciting, top class sport that speedway provides.
We have a great relationship with Thurrock Council but we still need to show local decision makers how much support the club enjoys.
Please show your support for the return of your team back to Thurrock by signing our online petition.
Latest News and Media Coverage
The Hammers are thrilled by the fantastic response to our on-line petition and the fact that we have reached our initial target of 3,000 signatures (with nearly 1,500 comments) is a big boost to our campaign to return the club to Thurrock. The petition will remain open and having reached ‘basecamp’, we will now increase […]
As part of its planning that began in 2014, Thurrock Council invites ongoing public consultation and engagement and is now seeking views and opinions on the ‘Issues and Options (Stage 2)’ phase. This process began on December 12th 2018 and will continue until March 8th 2019 at 5pm. The club will be making its own […]
The Hammers committee would like to express their thanks to all those who made the journey to last night’s fans Get Together at the Orsett Hall Hotel. Almost 200 Hammers fans took part in the event, which saw Jon Cook and Community Liaison Manager Mark Sexton provide updates on the current campaign to find a […]
The Lakeside Hammers will be holding a pre-Christmas get together on Monday 10th December in the Pavilion Suite at the Orsett Hall hotel (doors 7pm for 7.30pm) Along with the opportunity to catch up with fellow Hammers fans and to look back on the 2018 season, a Fans Forum will also take place with Jon […]
As mentioned on the BBC Essex Sport show, the Hammers met with Daniel Cavanagh of London Strategic Land, the owners and developers of the Arena Essex site, on Thursday 29th November. The main objective of the meeting was to get clarity on London Strategic Land’s development plans, which are now available to view on Thurrock […]