Bikers seek urgent talks with council

PUBLISHED: 11:47 22 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:43 06 May 2010

The site of the proposed motorbike track

The site of the proposed motorbike track

A motorcycle club which wants to build a track close to a village is seeking an urgent meeting with the parish council in an attempt to prevent their dreams being dumped by planners. But their plea for a change of heart is likely to fall on deaf ears with

Campaigner Ken Lynch

A motorcycle club which wants to build a track close to a village is seeking an urgent meeting with the parish council in an attempt to prevent their dreams being dumped by planners.

But their plea for a change of heart is likely to fall on deaf ears with Langford parish councillors determined not to change their minds.

At a recent meeting at the church hall in Langford residents reacted angrily to proposals by the Mid Beds MX Youth Project to build the track on a field less than a mile from houses on the outskirts of the village.

Representatives from the project and even the police were heckled during the meeting in which residents made their opinions very forcefully.

Villagers say their privacy would be destroyed by the noise and they are urging the parish council to inform Mid Beds District Council of their overwhelming objection to the plan.

Now, project leaders want another meeting with the parish council, this time in private, to try and thrash out a formula that would be acceptable to all parties in an attempt to save the plans.

Ken Lynch, the project co-ordinator, said: "We want to get around the table with parish councillors and prove to them they should have no fears about this project.

"We are not giving up but we want to talk to councillors again to get the truth across and allay the fears people in the village have about noise.

"We have looked around for an alternative site but can't find one."

But parish council chairman Tony Spencer said their opposition to the project remained.

"We will talk to Ken again but he must understand people's opinions have not changed," said Cllr Spencer.

"This is a project for the people of Sandy and Biggleswade. Not for the young people of Langford and the bottom line is people in the village do not want the track close to the village.

"People remain against having the track here and we have written objecting to it to Mid Beds District Council."

MBDC planning committee is due to hear the planning application by the Mid Beds MX Youth Project by the end of next month.


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