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Cyclists gather as future of Falmouth 4X4 bike track discussed
10:00am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
More than 30 cyclists gathered on Monday evening to hear Falmouth town councillors discuss the future of the four-cross (4X) track at Pennance Mill Farm.
Derek Heelis, chairman of the Carrick Riders group, has applied for planning permission to retain the community bicycle 4X track created on one of the fields off Maenporth Road.
Mr Heelis told the town planning committee that Carrick Riders had been advised the track could be built without planning permission, provided it was not used for more than 30 days a year.
He added this “obviously wasn’t the case” and was now before them.
The £5,000 needed to create the track had been donated by small businesses and individuals, with the hard work resulting “one of the best 4X tracks in this country” and the only one in Cornwall according to Mr Heelis.
He said so far the track had proved “pretty spectacular” for the off-road cycle group, which had hosted the national 4X championship at the Pennance Mill site. This had attracted more than 100 riders from all over the country, including the national champion and the world champion in 4X.
Mr Heelis said: “There’s a terrific demand in the community for something like this. The nice thing is we have facilities in Falmouth.”
Councillor Steve Eva said it was “quite obvious” the track was needed but questioned the access to the site.
Mr Heelis said the track had a dedicated access across the existing campsite that is also situated on the farm.
He also confirmed that the only motor vehicles that would have access to the track would be emergency service vehicles – no motorbikes would use it.
Members agreed to support the application on the condition that if the track was removed in the future the field would revert back to a greenfield site, not brownfield land.
“I wouldn’t like to see houses put up there,” said Mr Eva.
Councillor Alan Jewell, who owns the land where the 4X track has been built, did not take part in the debate or vote and left the room.
A final decision will be taken by a Cornwall Council planning committee in the future.
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