Bikers rev up to fight protest
A motorcycle group says it will fight attempts to block plans for a track near a village. Residents in Langford are furious about plans for a youth motorcross track just half a mile from their homes. Mid Bedfordshire MX Youth Project announced last week i
A motorcycle group says it will fight attempts to block plans for a track near a village.
Residents in Langford are furious about plans for a youth motorcross track just half a mile from their homes.
Mid Bedfordshire MX Youth Project announced last week it had submitted a planning application to Mid Beds District Council for the track on four and a half acres of farmland alongside Cambridge Road on the outskirts of Langford.
This week residents began their fight against the plans with a letter circulated to homes and last night (Wednesday) they were due to be joined by members of the parish council to face the project committee in the village hall.
The letter, which is not signed, says: "We need to stop this development being approved.
"Many of us homeowners and people with local businesses will be affected. The high pitched noise that motorcross bikes make will most certainly be heard right across the farmland, turning what is currently a very peaceful outlook with lots of natural farmland, woods and nature into a noisy and very unsuitable, and undesirable race track for motorbikes."
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The letter adds: "Local residents are also very concerned about the single track that leads to the proposed new development.
"This single track was originally only used by farm vehicles and is now in constant use by lorries collecting sewage from the local sewage plant. It is totally unsuitable for further traffic which this new site would bring to our village."
But the man behind the project, Sandy resident Ken Lynch, who is the project co-ordinator, said: "We will fight any objections.
"After carrying out a two-year study into the project and getting the support of the police we know we are right and local residents have nothing to fear about noise or extra traffic congestion.
"This is a project where young motorcyclists can use their time constructively and safely. They will not be racing through the village and will be supervised at all times at the track."
Mid Bedfordshire MX Youth Project is currently seeking funding from Sport England and Bedfordshire County Council to cover the £117,000 cost of the track.