Bikers gear up for new off-road site

PUBLISHED: 12:17 09 November 2006 | UPDATED: 11:11 06 May 2010

Young bikers try out the proposed site to test its suitability

Young bikers try out the proposed site to test its suitability

THE site for a proposed £100,000 off-road motorbike track will be revealed next week. It is hoped the track will be on farmland near Langford for the Mid Beds MX Youth Project. Planning for the track started two years ago under the group s co-ordinator Ke

THE site for a proposed £100,000 off-road motorbike track will be revealed next week.

It is hoped the track will be on farmland near Langford for the Mid Beds MX Youth Project.

Planning for the track started two years ago under the group's co-ordinator Ken Lynch with the promise of land from a local farmer.

During the coming week the final planning application will be put together and then delivered to Mid Beds District Council by the end of the month.

Last weekend special equipment was used on the site to monitor the sound the bikes will make to make sure they will not upset local residents.

Biggleswade police have been kept informed of progress and are not raising any objections to the proposals.

This week the group produced a booklet outlining their proposal.

"It has taken a long time to get everything together for the application but we are almost there and hope we are supported by the council," said Mr Lynch.

"There is a great need for this facility. The site will be regulated - it's not going to be a track where youngsters can just turn up with their machines and ride.

"It will be supervised at the weekends when the track is opened and this will include parents being there. No bikes will be ridden to the site so they will not be ridden through any surrounding villages.

"We carried out the sound test last weekend with special equipment and feel there will be no problem with any residents because you can't even see a house from the track site."

Inspector John Maries, who has been keeping a close watch on the progress of the plans, said: "The track is a great idea and will keep many youngsters who like to ride these bikes off private land and stop them being a nuisance to nearby residents.

"Two of my officers have been liaising with the group which is running the project and we are happy how it is being done and have supported them."

The Mid Beds MX Youth Project group has now applied for funds from Sport England and have the support of a local landfill company in their attempt to raise the £100,000 needed to build the track if Mid Beds District Council gives the green light to the plans.

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