BMX facility right on track

Work in progress on new BMX track at Gallows Close Park, Barrowcliff.  Pictures by Andrew Higgins  1147101a

Work in progress on new BMX track at Gallows Close Park, Barrowcliff. Pictures by Andrew Higgins 1147101a

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A NEW BMX track in Barrowcliff is taking shape with local youngsters helping to build the jumps and challenging corners.

The extreme sports attraction is almost complete and has been built Gallows Close Park near to the community centre on area which was formerly used as an overflow car park that had become a target for flytippers.

Work on new BMX track at Gallows Close Park, Barrowcliff.  Picture by Andrew Higgins  1147101a   26/11/11

Work on new BMX track at Gallows Close Park, Barrowcliff. Picture by Andrew Higgins 1147101a 26/11/11

Cllr Bill Chatt, who represents Scarborough Council’s Woodlands ward, said it was good for the area. He said: “I think it’s fantastic. It’s not just what the residents want it’s what the kids want as well.”

He praised the work of Tom Mutton and Groundwork North Yorkshire. He said: “Tom’s actually promised us something and delivered it. It’s one of the best things that have happened here in years.”

Volunteers gave one final push on Sunday with the addition of the topping layer to add the final touches to the track.

After the work was completed, the track is ready for its grand opening on Saturday December 10, from noon, when demo riders, music, competitions and games will herald the completion of the project.

Work in progress on new BMX track at Gallows Close Park, Barrowcliff.  Picture by Andrew Higgins  1147101a   26/11/11

Work in progress on new BMX track at Gallows Close Park, Barrowcliff. Picture by Andrew Higgins 1147101a 26/11/11

The track was approved by Scarborough Council chiefs in September, despite concerns from residents over potential antisocial behaviour in the area.

Councillors enforced conditions including extra lighting and CCTV to be fitted on the site to monitor any incidents which may arise.

The council also received a petition of more than 70 signatures and numerous letters against the proposals, citing litter, noise, and loss of privacy, as aggravating factors.

However, Mr Mutton assured councillors youngsters would “get their hands dirty” and help to mould the track in its infancy and nurture its upkeep in the future.

Cllr Martin Smith backed the facility and praised the involvement of youngsters.