Plans for a competition standard community cycle track at Slades Farm can now progress following the rejection of the town green application.
Planning Board rejected the town green application today (Monday 15 February) following a recommendation by the Inspector, who carried out a four day public inquiry into the application last October.
Now that this application has been rejected, work can continue with British Cycling to secure the funding needed for the project, which will help the Bournemouth Arrow Cycle Club to continue to help develop cycling skills for children and young people.
Councillor Anne Filer, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said: "I'm thrilled that the plan for a modern cycling facility, which will benefit all ages and abilities, can now go ahead. We want to continue to offer this space to our communities for playing sports and recreation, and the cycle track will be a fantastic addition. The community will be able to enjoy a whole host of activities from cycle training and racing, learning to ride a bike, to cycling for exercise, in-line skating, BMX, skateboarding and running."
Chris Turner, Executive Principal, Glenmoor School and Winton Arts and Media College, added: "This is very exciting news and opens up all sorts of possibilities for educational, recreational and leisure provision for Glenmoor School, Winton Arts and Media College and for the community at large. As two local schools we are extremely proud to be associated with it."
David Cockram, National Facilities Officer for British Cycling said: "British Cycling is very pleased that progress has been made, and we look forward to working with the Council and the Bournemouth Arrows club to deliver the outdoor track in Bournemouth as soon as possible."
In addition to a cycle track there are also plans to build a new children's play area in 2011 and improve or replace old buildings to provide tranquil and wild areas in the park with a café and toilets.
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