Alex Meakin, Josh Meakin, Campbell Perrins, Kaneo Ingram, Marvin O’Brien, Michael O’Brien, Zachary O’Brien, Rocky O’Brien, Chris Browning and representatives from Mazeley Youth Club
Alex Meakin, Josh Meakin, Campbell Perrins, Kaneo Ingram, Marvin O’Brien, Michael O’Brien, Zachary O’Brien, Rocky O’Brien, Chris Browning and representatives from Mazeley Youth Club

A new BMX track is set to be constructed in Mile Oak.

Alex Meakin, Josh Meakin, Campbell Perrins, Kaneo Ingram, Marvin O’Brien, Michael O’Brien, Zachary O’Brien, Rocky O’Brien, Chris Browning and representatives from Mazeley Youth Club

A number of local agencies and organisations came together for the successful bid to the Veolia Environmental Trust, who have handed over £21,615 for update the track.

The funding will go towards redesigning the track, building it and adding bike racks. The remaining money will be spent on benches, hedgehog and bird boxes, and first aid training for members of the new Mazeley Wheels Club.

Councillor Colin Greatorex, Lichfield District Council’s cabinet member for organisational development and community, said: “I am so pleased that our funding application has been successful, and that the BMX track will be available for local cyclists to enjoy.

“This project is a fantastic example of partnership working at its best. A big well done to everyone involved and thank you to all the local groups and agencies that supported the application.”

Councillor Ian Lewin, Mayor of Fazeley, added: “Fazeley Town Council has had a lot of requests from local residents for more activities for young people and the BMX track is the start to this.”

Work on the new track is expected to get underway this spring.

Chris Browning, from Mazeley Wheels Club, said: “We believe the track will benefit a variety of people of different sporting disciplines, utilising the land and bringing the community together as one. As a group, we have thoroughly enjoyed the project because it has the taught us the ins and outs of a BMX club.

“It has also helped us to consider the community and how the track will not only affect the riders but the surrounding community too.”

Lichfield District Council led the application process with the support of the working group that included:

  • Fazeley Town Council
  • Staffordshire Young People’s Service
  • Lichfield and District Community & Voluntary Services
  • Mazeley Youth Club
  • Tamworth BMX Club
  • Young people from Fazeley and Mile Oak

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

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