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Question: Lots of young people want to make bmx tracks but they get destroyed by Forestry or the council. What will you do about this?

Asked by penny on 14 Oct in the Categories: category. This question was also asked by simon.

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  • Photo: Di MartinDi Martin answered:

    I accept that young people need tracks to enable them to ride their BMX bikes. I could never understand why a perfectly good track was run down at Crump Meadow in Cinderford. They are not always popular so it would be important to try and get either the district council or the Forestry Commission to allow small pieces of land to be used . It will not be easy to negotiate but having a strong voice backed by the young people who want to ride their bikes will help to put a strong case.

  • Photo: Andrew GardinerAndrew Gardiner answered:

    Actually there is a large area of the forest set aside in the Cannop valley for riding BMX bikes and with downhill jumbs.

  • Photo: Len LawtonLen Lawton answered:

    Hi Penny & Simon, The track I think you are referring to recently was in Mitcheldean. My thoughts and comments on the topic were put on the support site within a day or so of reading the sad news [why not take a look]. What I thought was particularly sad was; here was an example of young people doing something for themselves, at the very least those with influence should have taken note of that very important fact. They say there was a problem with Health & Safety and insurance, they also said they had no alternative. Insurance and Health & safety problems i can believe after all the impression most of us get is Health & Safety want to protect us from ourselves and insurance companies wont insure you if you are a risk ?? Mad Eh!! If there is a will there is always an alternative.
    What will i do ? help you to investigate and promote those alternatives.

  • Photo: Bruce HoganBruce Hogan answered:

    The problem occurs when these tracks are created without proper planning or permission. This causes the land owners problems with their insurance. (If they permit BMX activity they could be liable for any injuries.)

    What we need to do it to identify suitable sights, negotiate with the land owners and sort out all the issues, including insurance, and construct the tracks to agreed standards. I know of several parish councils in other districts that have successfully constructed BMX tracks.

  • Photo: Marion WinshipMarion Winship answered:

    I think we should encourage all outdoor activity for young people. As a council we should be talking to Forest Enterprise about specific sites that can be used by young people for this sport. I would like to find two or three dedicated sites for kids to use in the Forest.

  • Photo: Jane HorneJane Horne answered:

    I didn’t answer this question earlier as I wanted to ask a Newent Town Concillor. There used to be a track and some of it is still there but it was unofficial. At the moment the only place to ride bikes is on the roads which is not good. Land is always a problem. Perhaps you could find a site and get permission to use it .Then it shouldn’t be destroyed if it doesn’t cause a nuisance.

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