Hoblingwell Wood Recreation Ground bike track consultation update
Published Thursday, 9 July 2020
A planning application for a proposed cycle track at Hoblingwell Wood Recreation Ground is being submitted following the outcome of consultation.
The consultation results demonstrated support for the all-wheeled bike park at Hoblingwell Recreation Ground. Consultees felt that the proposal would enhance the recreational activities available locally, particularly for younger people, with feedback helping to form the proposal. The proposed project, in partnership with Access Sport, a London-based charity, includes the creation of a new community bike park which would be owned and managed by the council and run by local volunteers.
The proposed bike park is designed for all types of non-motorised wheeled sports and would be ideal for mountain bikes, scooters, balance bikes, BMXs, skateboards and in-line skates. The community club would run structured club sessions, but the facility would also be open to the wider community to encourage a range of groups to use the new track. The facility would include an all-wheeled asphalt pump track; a soft landscaped ‘buffer’ zone plus hard landscaping including seating areas, storage units for equipment, way finding and facility signage, cycle parking and litter bins which were all identified in the consultation. A learn to ride area also features within the proposed design
Councillor William Huntington-Thresher Executive Councillor for Environment and Community Services said “A big thank you to all those who took the time to respond to the consultation and to those who attended our open day event only a few months ago. We have made much progress to get to this stage, with this proposal, improving local facilities and whilst I am optimistic about being able to install this facility, not all the approvals are yet in place, including funding, but we are pressing ahead, mindful of the benefits it will bring. I would like to thank all those who are offering to support this project financially and those, in advance, considering financially supporting this project.”
Feedback from the consultation also showed that respondents felt that the track would provide a safe place for children to learn to ride and recognised the associated health benefits from this activity. From 157 written feedback responses, 80 percent supported the proposals. It is anticipated that the creation of a community cycle club and increase in the number of visitors using the site will help tackle existing concerns about anti-social behaviour, including motorcycling. The track design itself has been developed to be unusable for motorbikes. Following feedback, the installation of a perimeter fence at knee height around the entire recreation ground site has also been included.
Grant funding is being sought from a variety of grant funders, in addition to the match-funding that has already been pledged from a variety of sources, including the council.
Editor’s notes: At the consultation drop-in event in March, representatives from London Borough of Bromley, idverde – Bromley’s parks contractors, and Access Sport (including the lead design consultant and British Cycling Go Ride Coach with cycles for people to try) were available to explain the proposals, answer questions and record comments.
The event was also attended by local Councillors, Metropolitan Police Officers and community groups, including those associated with the park. As well as the consultation day, individuals also had an opportunity to complete an online survey on the council’s website, or via Access Sport’s feedback card.
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