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POPULAR PARK: Plans for cycle track at country park

POPULAR PARK: Plans for cycle track at country park

Summerhill Country Park Visitor Centre in Hartlepool

Plans have been lodged for a new cycle track at a popular country park in Hartlepool.

Proposals have been submitted to Hartlepool Borough Council planning department for the development to be provided at Summerhill Country Park, which already hosts a BMX track.

According to plans, submitted by Daniel Garthwaite from the council, the development would include the conversion of a grass verge and overflow car park to form the new track.

Planning documents state the new cycle area would be able to be split into four separate tracks for various skill levels and disciplines such as speed racing, technical riding, leisure riding and general fitness riding.

A planning statement, submitted by the council, adds the new track would benefit residents and has already attracted funding support from external organisations.

It said: “The new track is seen by HBC as a vital tool in the ‘wellbeing’ of both residents and non-residents of Hartlepool as it will give the opportunity to improve their fitness safely.

“It has attracted a grant from the British Cycling Club [who] have also seen the merit and prospects the new track can offer to the community, schools, disability and ethnic groups and also to cycling clubs for host events etc.

“It is also vital to the long term sustainability of Summerhill Country Park as its income generation will be critical in assisting and improving the attraction of Summerhill Country Park.”

Proposals also include floodlights and low level fencing around the track, while cycle parking and CCTV will be provided nearby.

A decision is expected to be made on the proposals by the council planning department by the end of next month.

 

Words: Nic Marko, Local Democracy Reporter


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