BMX riders looking to resolve track issues

PUBLISHED: 16:26 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 15:41 11 May 2010

AN online petition has helped postpone the closure of a BMX track in Melbourn. The dirt track, on farmland near London Road, was set to be ploughed after South Cambridgeshire District Council received complaints from residents about noise caused by motorc

AN online petition has helped postpone the closure of a BMX track in Melbourn.

The dirt track, on farmland near London Road, was set to be ploughed after South Cambridgeshire District Council received complaints from residents about noise caused by motorcycles using the track.

But after hearing about the proposed closure, BMX riders set up an online petition, which has more than 800 signatures.

The petition was started by Dave King. On his website he said: "The trails have been around for three years now providing the local community with a place for the younger generation to go, keeping them off the streets."

A district council spokesman said: "One suggestion was that the farmer returns all of the land to agricultural use. This was not the result of any enforcement action by the council."

The spokesman added that officers will now be looking at whether the jumps can be accommodated on the land.

She added: "The farmer has indicated that he will not plough the land in question until this possibility has been explored.

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