Race track Zandvoort has not yet applied for a nature permit for the work to be carried out prior to the 2020 Grand Prix, according to a letter sent by the province of Noord-Holland to the Noord-Holland court in the hands of NU.nl.
The province sent the letter in response to the message that environmental organizations are going to court to object to the planned work.
New stands, a noise barrier and new roads must be built and laid on and around the circuit. According to the province, the necessary nature permit has not yet been applied for.
According to a spokesperson for the province, the work cannot begin until the permit has been granted.
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Natterjack toads caught and moved
The province previously granted an exemption for placing a toad screen. That screen must prevent rare toads from pulling towards the racing circuit. Found rare natterjack toads and sand lizards are caught and put back elsewhere. According to the province, that will take "a few days".
Earlier this month, sports director Jan Lammers of the GP of the Netherlands announced that work is scheduled to start in November and be completed in February. It is unclear whether this is still the planning.
The Grand Prix in Zandvoort must be held on 3 May 2020. This is the first time in 35 years that a Formula 1 race has been held in the Netherlands.
A rare natterjack toad. (Photo: NU.nl/Job van der Plicht)
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