Work starts on new BMX track

Tom Mutton at the opening of Hairy Bob's Skate Park
Tom Mutton at the opening of Hairy Bob's Skate Park

Work starts this week on a new BMX and mountain bike track on Scarborough’s Barrowcliff Estate.

Part of the My Barrowcliff initiative, the development of the Gallows Close track was earmarked as a priority during consultations with young people on the estate.

The new track was given the green light earlier this month, following successful receipt of planning permission.

The £30,000 facility has been made possible thanks to funding from Sanctuary Housing, Yorventure – through funds generated by Yorwaste Ltd – Voice Your Choice and the North Yorkshire County Council Community Fund.

Over the past 12 months, regeneration charity Groundwork has helped local people develop and fundraise for the project, which included a public vote in a number of ‘Voice Your Choice’ events.

Construction will be carried out by landscape contractors Brambledown, who will also be implementing a range of other improvements at Gallows Close over the coming weeks – such as climbing boulders, outdoor fitness equipment and CCTV.

Due for completion in late October, young residents will help add the final top surface to the new track at a series of volunteer days during the early part of the month.

Tom Mutton, programme manager for Groundwork North Yorkshire, said: “It will provide a fantastic facility for Barrowcliff as well as the wider area and I’m sure will provide many hours of fun and enjoyment. We do need lots of help from local people to add the top dressing, so please keep an eye out for more details of the volunteer days.”

The My Barrowcliff initiative – led by the North Yorkshire Moors and Coast Safer Communities Partnership – involves local people in tackling local challenges, such as improving the environment, reducing crime and increasing job opportunities.