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Controversial off-road cycle track unveiled to all

from left, Coun Graham Walton, mayor of South Ribble, George Roe, 17, Mayoress, Karen Walton and Chairman of Much Hoole Parish Council Tom Booth at the opening of the new community cycle track in Much Hoole

from left, Coun Graham Walton, mayor of South Ribble, George Roe, 17, Mayoress, Karen Walton and Chairman of Much Hoole Parish Council Tom Booth at the opening of the new community cycle track in Much Hoole

A new off-road cycling track has been unveiled in Much Hoole.

The track, in a field off Smith Lane between houses Chez Soi and Kiln Croft, was opened by the Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Graham Walton and Much Hoole Scout Group on Saturday morning.

The project started about three years ago when a group of young people approached the Parish Council and South Ribble Council to ask for a skate or bike facility in the village.

Impressed by the young people, the Parish Council and the Western Parishes Neighbourhood Forum agreed to help get the project off the ground.

Despite objections from neighbours concerned the unlit facility would attract nuisance, and the nearby country roads were unsuitable for children travelling to the area, the proposals were given the green light in October of last year.

Coun Tom Brown, chairman of Much Hoole Parish Council said he hoped the track, featuring trails of limestone chippings and humps made from tyres and soil, will be enjoyed by families and children for years to come.

He said: “We are always keen on improving Much Hoole for our residents and our track is the latest development to ensure that it is a fun and safe place to live.

“We welcome everyone to bring along your bikes and scooters and give our new track a go.”

Materials were provided by local businesses, including hard core donated by Altys Building Supplies.

The track was built by volunteers, and a volunteer management group has been set up to look after it.

Twelve car parking spaces have been made available at the nearby Scout hut in Smithy Lane.

 

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