BMX tracks taking shape

PUBLISHED: 10:27 30 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:05 11 May 2010

Members of the Melbourn BMX club

Members of the Melbourn BMX club

A PERMANENT BMX track for Melbourn is finally becoming a reality. Work began this week to shape the track, at Grinnel Hill, off Royston Road, Melbourn, after South Cambridgeshire District Council granted planning permission for the scheme. BMX riders have

A PERMANENT BMX track for Melbourn is finally becoming a reality.

Work began this week to shape the track, at Grinnel Hill, off Royston Road, Melbourn, after South Cambridgeshire District Council granted planning permission for the scheme.

BMX riders have been using the land as a makeshift trail since last year, and Melbourn parish councillor Dean Hardingham is "delighted" that the group will now have a permanent.

Cllr Hardingham said: "The main reason I joined the parish council was to help get this up and running, so I'm delighted. But so many people have worked really hard on this, from district councillors Janice Guest and Val Barratt, to the lads themselves.

"It's been a bit of a battle at times, but we've got there in the end and the riders now have the chance to create something really special down there.

"I know the lads are already talking about possibly having an open day, and holding classes for younger children, so it will be a real community project," he said.

The BMX group were on hand to oversee the shaping of the track this week, and directed diggers provided free of charge by Clive Onslow from local construction firm Seearo. Another company, Norbury Pallets and Fencing, also provided the group with tonnes of soil for free.

Cllr Hardingham added: "It's brilliant that the local businesses are getting behind the project too. To have them contribute so much in terms of time and resources is an incredible boost."

Melbourn's original BMX track, which was located in farmer's fields off London Road, was ploughed in February 2008 after neighbours complained about the noise.

The riders subsequently moved into the Grinnel Hill woods, but concerns were raised at parish council meetings that the trails they had dug out were undermining ancient trees growing in the area.

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