If anyone has 2 minutes and supports the creation of a closed road circuit and MTB skills area in Derby for training and racing (will be used by cycling clubs, triathlon clubs, disability cycling, in line skaters) could you click on the link.
It just needs planning consent - funding is in place.
As it's you Pops! Although what notice they'll take of someone who doesn't live locally is anybodies guess!!
Again not local but no reason why we still can't sign it.
Have done. Father is very nearby so hope it gets approved
The 'against' out number the 'fors' by 323 to 299!!
Thanks all, hopefully it will go through, if not at least we did what we could.
Just beat me to it! Awesome.
Yeah, I wondered why I had suddenly got an email from Derby Council...
I got the email too - hope it doesn't take them too long to build - I'm looking forward to using it already!
the only downside to this is the loss of part of an important nature reserve
Well it's a nature reserve - not sure how important it is as it's a brownfield site right next to Derby County's stadium that couldn't be built on because of pollution. It is a shame that that was the only site on offer - as always there was no consultation with local cyclists or wildlife groups as to the best location - British Cycling would only fund it if it was on that site - who knows why ?
getting the balance right between the demands of sports and wildlife can sometimes mean conflict of interest. I somehow suspect the nature objectors have been bigging the site up a bit more than it deserves (from info I've seen at least) - yes, all nature reserves need cherishing but the facility doesn't take over the whole lot, only parts of it. there are more important reserves imho that do need preserving more.
I think that's it. The initial plans for the circuit were scaled back a fair bit and nobody complained because it was a reserve - the wildlife lobby did wind a lot of people up putting it about that cycling was an elitist sport and claiming we already had a circuit in Derby - when what it really was was a cyclocross course set up with stakes and tape on a park for the day.
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