New BMX Track for Barrowcliff?

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A BMX TRACK could be on its way for youngsters in Barrowcliff as plans are submitted for the next phase the community’s regeneration scheme.

Scarborough Council’s planning committee is to consider plans for a 1,000sq meter BMX track in Gallows Close Park.

The proposals, which include the installation of a CCTV camera to monitor the area, are part of the Gallows Close improvement project, which is a package of public open space improvements developed in partnership with the local community.

A report, to be considered by members of the planning committee when they meet on Thursday, states: “The BMX project emerged as a high priority project in the recent My Barrowcliff Initiative.

“This is a partnership approach to regeneration and to tackling the significant deprivation problems in this area. “The BMX track consistently appeared as a high priority project with partners as a positive activity for young people and valuable addition to the local open space environment, and with local residents and young people as a fun and popular facility. The plans however have divided residents in the area.

Many residents have sent letters of objection to the council regarding the proposals, airing concerns surrounding noise, disturbance and loss of privacy. A petition containing 72 signatures from the residents of Newlands Park Crescent has been submitted objecting to the proposal on the grounds of loss of residential amenity and increase in crime.

Equally scores of letters supporting the plans have been received by the authority, with community groups, residents, local councillors and even the Rev of Wreyfield Drive Methodist Church writing to back the proposals.

One of those in favour is Safer Neighbourhoods Police Inspector Tony Quin, who said: “While I understand the concerns of residents I support the BMX track being built.”

A decision is due on the proposals at the next meeting of the Planning and Development Committee on Thursday.