Eastbourne BMX track finally gets green light

Fun on two wheels
Fun on two wheels

A BMX pump track is to be installed next to the skate park in Hampden Park.

It will be on the site of the disused rifle range located in the centre of the park, along the southern boundary of the public tennis courts, and built by the company which constructed the London 2012 Olympic BMX track.

Members of Eastbourne Borough Council’s planning committee gave the plans the green light at a meeting last week after original plans to put the track next to St Wilfrid’s Hospice were vetoed.

The facility will cover an area approximately 57m by 35m and consist of a continuous, meandering and undulating track of gravel and tarmac contained within grassed barriers.

Supporters of the project said it would bring young people into the heart of the park and maximise their interest in the Hampden Park Community.

One objection was received from Hampden Park Bowling Association members concerned about security and damage to the greens and their clubhouse, which they said had increased since the skate park had been constructed.

A council spokesperson said, “The proposed provision of a BMX track is considered to be a suitable development for a public park, and would provide enhanced facilities for young people.”

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