North Devon BMX pump track gets the thumbs up from residents

Posted on: 26 November 2019

The new pump track at Velator, Braunton opened on Wednesday 20 November.

It is the largest track of its kind in the south west, is open access and free to use.  It was designed and built by local contractors, TK Play in partnership with Kye Forte of Forte Trailscapes and is now ready for use after a 6 week construction period.

The £100k project has been funded jointly by £75,000 from North Devon Council’s S106* funding and £25,000 from Devon County Council’s Investing in Devon Fund.

A further £29,000 of S106* funding has also been recently been allocated for footpaths, fencing and landscaping, with the site due to be grass seeded in the spring to make it more attractive.

Contracts Delivery Manager at North Devon Council, Mark Kentell, says: “The trustees of the now folded Braunton BMX Club approached the council with land they already owned at Velator, which already had full planning permission in place, asking if we would take ownership of the land and build the track on the club’s behalf.  We agreed to step in and take over the project, including managing the construction and looking after the facility with ongoing maintenance, litter picking and grass cutting.”

A post on North Devon Council’s Facebook page about the opening has now reached over 24,500 people, with several residents taking the time to comment positively about the new facility.

A launch event at the track for councillors and the public to attend is planned for the spring.

*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.

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