Plans submitted for 'national standard' BMX site in Plymouth
OFF-ROAD bikers are on track for a new leg of their journey.
BMX cyclists and trail bikers could soon have a home as part of the successful Plymouth City Moto Park at Ernesettle.
David Shears, boss of the motocross practice track off Ernesettle Lane, has submitted a planning application to Plymouth City Council to build a national standard BMX track.
He would also like to build a Supercross track for the bikers.
And he hopes to provide Enduro trail riding at the park off Ernesettle Lane, using bikes imported from Portugal.
Mr Shears said that Enduro bikes would give teenagers a chance to learn to control their machines before they take to the city's roads.
He will provide the Enduro bikes and safety equipment, which could be used by local schools and youth groups.
"Enduro bikes are really quiet, road-legal bikes. We'll teach people how to ride using our own machines and equipment.
"Funding will be totally from money generated by the park over the past four years. The new proposals will need no outside funding," he said.
"It would be nice to attract some money from maybe Sport England or the lottery to build a top-of-the range BMX track as other cities have, but lack of funding will not stop us building what we can."
The Moto Park was formally opened in 2008 by motorcycle world champion David Thorpe.
Mr Shears ran into difficulty in 2009 when the city council wanted to end his lease on the land, which had been earmarked as the possible site of a waste incinerator.
But the council relented and allowed him to stay after land at Devonport Dockyard was chosen for the incinerator.
Motocross sessions take place at the park every fortnight, weather permitting.
"Local people have been really good," Mr Shears said.
"We have got quite a big group of riders now.
"There are so many shops and factories shutting in Plymouth now. The city has to rely on places like the Moto Park."
He hopes the planning process will be complete by March, but first has to have various environmental and ecological surveys carried out, at a cost of several thousand pounds.