Club’s motocross plan steered back on track

The hoped-for motorcycle venue
The hoped-for motorcycle venue

A CLUB which aims to combat illegal and dangerous quad biking is appealing to local people to help make its vision of re-opening an indoor motocross track a reality.

The Kingdom Off Road Motorcycle Club’s proposal to create a permanent indoor track at the former Central Farmers’ site, on Wellesley Road, Aberhill, has been recommended for approval and is expected to be granted permission later this month.

With a permanent home finally on the horizon, the club now hopes the local community will get behind its ambitious plans.

Executive director David Paton said: “The next step for us is to engage local people and businesses in the project. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done to get the site to a point where we can use it.

“I expect it will take about a year to get the track up and running but the more support we get, the sooner it can happen.”

“We’re interested in hearing from anyone who wants to support the project, whether financially or by donating equipment or their time.”

The club launched a pilot track at the former Central Farmers’ site in 2004 but planning permission was only granted for one year and the site was targeted by vandals.

Since the track closed in January 2005, Mr Paton has been working to secure planning permission for a permanent indoor track which he hopes will enable the club to tackle anti-social, illegal and dangerous motorbiking on local streets, footpaths, beaches and parks more effecitvely.

He added: “The first indoor track was a huge success. We had people coming from all over to ride and we felt it could be self-sustaining.”

“We worked with the police to target people who were involved with anti-social and illegal riding and invited them to get involved.”

“The aim is to tackle the stigma and negativity around biking and show a positive side of the sport.

“An indoor track would mean a safe, controlled all-weather environment where young people can ride and learn about safety and practical skills like bike maintenance.”

Once the new track is established, the club hopes it could become a base for other activities, such as supercross and BMX biking.

•If you would like to get involved, email davidpaton70@hotmail.co.uk or phone 0792 185 7283.