Residents have say on youths' cycle track plan TEENAGERS in Alnwick...

Nov 6, 2009 Full story: Northumberland Today

TEENAGERS in Alnwick are spearheading a consultation for a new bike track. Plans for the facility at The Park, on Swansfield Park Road, have been drawn up by young people at the Gallery Youth Project in collaboration with Alnwick Community Development Trust, Northumbria Police community support officers and Alnwick Town Cou ncil.

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Park User and Resident

UK

#1 Nov 22, 2009
PROPOSed BMX CYCLE TRACK Threat
to SWANSFIELD PARK
•The Gallery Youth Project has proposed Swansfield Park as their preferred site to build a permanent BMX Cycle Track.
•IN PRINCIPLE WE FULLY SUPPORT A CYCLE TRACK SCHEME FOR THE YOUTH OF ALNWICK. However, we believe that the Swansfield Park site is totally inappropriate for this type of recreational use. As the cycle track is intended to be used by teenagers and young adults from within and beyond the town a central location is not essential.
•Gallery Youth have not undertaken a professional or detailed feasibility study / site evaluation to arrive at their preferred site. In reality they first identified a site near Willowburn Sports Centre as having the most potential. However, this decision was somehow rejected. A ‘vote’ was then taken from a list of six by a total of 10 teenagers, some of whom do not live in Alnwick. This resulted in Swansfield Park being named as the proposed site. An ‘official’ press release in the Northumberland Gazette issued by Gallery Youth Project Leaders followed, alarming park users and residents alike.

The Swansfield Park BMX Cycle Track Proposal:
•will result in a loss of approximately 20% of the present parkland which is a valued amenity and used by a wide cross-section of people
•will be totally unsupervised by either the Police or Project Managers and therefore may attract anti social behaviour
•will have a significant environmental and visual impact spoiling the look of the only central public park that the town has
•will cause conflict with a wide variety of park users such as many young children and families, dog walkers, the elderly and disabled
•will produce significant health and safety issues such as increased numbers of bikers in and around the park on existing footpaths

PLEASE WRITE TO YOUR LOCAL COUNCILLOR, MR. G. CASTLE ( Tel. 01665 604664) TO OBJECT TO THIS PROPOSAL.

THERE ARE OTHER SITES THAT ARE FAR BETTER SUITED TO A BMX CYCLE TRACK IN ALNWICK THAT HAVE NOT BEEN FULLY INVESTIGATED.
Park User and Resident

UK

#3 Nov 22, 2009
I agree, it will spoil the only central park in Alnwick. A BMX Cycle track is not sustainable in the long term, especially if it is not maintained or looked after.
frequent park user

UK

#4 Jan 20, 2010
The proposed introduction of a bike track in Swansfield Park is plain stupid, what are the proposers thinking of? we have large areas of open ground in and around Alnwick where hardly anyone visits such as land next to the Rugby/Cricket grounds or the 'rec' to name but a few. Are you really suggesting this park is appropriate concidering it is already a very well attended and well used ameanity by young children from nearby schools and their parents, older members of the community who are restricted in their mobility who enjoy a walk around the park in reletive safety as well as other members of the public using the park to sit a while or picnic, who in their right minds would suggest that the introduction of a bike track amidst these park users, is a good idea ...total madness!!

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