Get set to have your say in North Devon BMX track consultation

Posted on: 6 November 2018

A consultation has just started to find out how popular a new BMX track would be in North Devon.

North Devon Council is carrying out the consultation to find out whether residents would like to see a new BMX track in Braunton. As part of the consultation the council would like to know how often residents would use it and whether it should be used for competitions or just for fun – have your say online.

The consultation is being carried out following a community led campaign for a BMX track in Braunton which was launched several years ago.

Lead Member for Parks Leisure and Culture, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “ We have been approached to take on some land and project manage the construction of a new BMX track in Braunton, this public consultation is a vital first step in this potential project for us.

“As a starting point we need to find out the level of demand for a new BMX track in North Devon and how our keen BMX riders would want to use it – we want to make sure any new facility provided is wanted by local residents and meets their needs. To help us do this and make sure we get it right, we need to gather as much feedback as we can through the consultation. A lot of hardwork has already gone into this project by the local community so I encourage as many people as possible to come forward and have their say – we can’t do it without you.”

Local ward member for Heanton Punchardon, Councillor Andrea Davis, says: “This is an opportunity for residents to say if they would like to use and help run a BMX track in the area. I would urge people to express their view so an informed decision can be made by North Devon Council.”

Planning permission was granted in April 2015 for a BMX track in Velator, Braunton as part of an application for 16 houses (58119) at the new Park View development. If a need is identified through the consultation Section 106* contributions have also been identified to fund the scheme.

The consultation starts today (Tuesday 6 November) and is open until Friday 7 December. Residents can find out more and have their say online.

*Section 106 (S106) is money paid to the council by developers as part of the planning conditions of planning applications. The money can only be used for certain things, but is used primarily for public open space projects.

Project update from Mark Kentell (27/11/18), Contacts Delivery Manager at North Devon Council: “Thank you to everyone who has commented on this page and completed the online survey so far. Just to clarify the current position – the land in question at Velator is currently owned by the trustees of Braunton BMX Club. We have been approached to ask if we can take ownership of the land and build the BMX track on the club’s behalf.

“The survey is being carried out to check current public support for the BMX track before committing to the project. The response so far has been overwhelmingly in support of delivering a BMX track at Velator.

“In the past my team has been responsible for delivering the much loved skate parks in Rock Park, Barnstaple and Ilfracombe, so thank you all for the positive feedback about those facilities. However, the initial focus for the land at Velator will need to be in line with the expectations of the BMX club trustees and in line with the current planning application for the site. These expectations are to deliver a BMX track that can be used for competitions, but is also open at all other times for informal public use.

“Once we close the survey, the feedback will be presented to our councillors to decide whether the council can take ownership of the land and deliver the BMX track. If provided, the track would then be handed to a club or community group to run in the future.

“Thank you again for taking the time to feedback and for completing the survey. Those who have included email addresses within the survey will be informed of results and news regarding this project as we progress.”

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