Quarry scrambling bid by Chorley motorcycle club is rejected

SCRAMBLING PROTESTS: Scrambling objectors at Denham Quarry

SCRAMBLING PROTESTS: Scrambling objectors at Denham Quarry

  • Club stopped from using the quarry following complaints by Brindle Parish council
  • Chorley Motorcycle Club still want permission to use disused quarry in Brindle
  • Alistair Bradley says further work is required to fully understand the impact
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A renewed attempt has been made to use a village beauty spot for scrambling.

Chorley Motorcycle Trials Club wants permission to carry out its sport at disused Denham Quarry in Brindle.

It’s for a limited number of days per year. We believe it will help uncontrolled motor cycle usage and mitigate problems in other areas.

Joe Holden - Club secretary

The club was stopped by Chorley Council from using the quarry for a demonstration day in October 2013 following complaints by Brindle Parish Council.

Council leader Alistair Bradley said further work was required to fully understand the impact it would have on the environment, wildlife and users of the quarry.

The parish council argues that the quarry - which is used by rock climbers and dog walkers - is unsuitable for scrambling.

It claims it would result in extra traffic on country lanes; have an adverse impact on existing users; create potential anti-social behaviour issues and cause potential damage.

Parish council clerk Tony Harkness said: “The club sent us a letter to say they were still interested in using the quarry, offering to tidy it up and our position has not changed. We’re still opposed to it.”

The council rejected the application.

Club secretary Joe Holden said: “We’re still interested in using it. There’s a lot of water under the bridge. It’s been 10 years since we first asked about this and we were using it previous to that for at least 20 years unofficially.

“It’s for a limited number of days per year. We believe it will help uncontrolled motor cycle usage and mitigate problems in other areas.

“We would work with the council to help develop the area because it is currently run down. There will only be a small number of riders and it’s not racing. That’s the perception we seem to get a lot of. There’s no speed element.”