Kids on track for BMX fun?

Backing has been given in principle to plans for a BMX track to be created in the village of Hayfield.

Members of the Parish Council unanimously agreed to reaffirm their support -– but said a public meeting would be needed to find out residents’ views.

A group of parents and young people are looking at the possibility of a new facility being created at the recreation ground near the existing skate park. They have been researching various types of tracks and have visited several in different towns.

Sarah Harrop, from the group, said: “They are all extremely well used and we believe it would be a fantastic facility for young people in Hayfield. We have identified the type of track we feel would be right for the village.”

Councillor Betty Betts, said: “Personally I think it is a fantastic idea. If anybody has seen the kids actually perform on the scooters, skate boards and bikes on the ramps they are absolutely brilliant. What I have noticed is the teenagers show the younger kids what to do.”

The success of the existing skate park was highlighted by Cllr Andrew Ramwell. He said: “It turned out to be one of the most successful things this council has ever backed.”

Council Chairman Eva Hodgson said: “The general feeling is we think it is a good idea but we need to have public consultation.”

The issue of the cost of the scheme was also raised as grant funding would need to be secured.

A public meeting will be held, possibly in October, when more detailed proposals are available.