Hunt for new BMX trail site

A NEW site must be found for Melbourn BMX trails, according to a parish councillor. Cllr Donald Mowatt, chairman of Melbourn parish council, told a meeting of the council: The youth are going from pillar to post looking for a home for these trails.

A NEW site must be found for Melbourn BMX trails, according to a parish councillor.

Cllr Donald Mowatt, chairman of Melbourn parish council, told a meeting of the council: "The youth are going from pillar to post looking for a home for these trails. How will history regard us if we don't look for a solution?

"They will get moved out of that wood eventually because they are doing damage, and we've got to get our thinking caps on and look for a new site."

The trails are currently set up in woods off Royston Road. However, earth has been dug out from under the roots of several trees, making them unstable and dangerous.


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Cllr Dean Hardingham suggested using land at Grinnel Hill as a new site for the trails. However, it appears this area will be unsuitable as it is a former waste reclamation site.

Meanwhile, district councillor Susan Van de Ven is also looking for a solution to the BMX trail problem.

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Cllr Van de Ven, who represents Meldreth, said: "There is a lot of support for a trail locally and we just need to find a suitable piece of land."

She said she is planning a trip to Gamlingay to view a BMX track that has been set up in conjunction with the local council.

"We may be able to do something similar in this area," she said.

The BMX track in Melbourn has already been moved once before. In February a track, which had been operating on land near London Road for three years, was ploughed after complaints were made about the noise which it generated.

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