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Councillor calls meeting over plan to ban biker meet-up near Lichfield

A county councillor has called for a middle ground to be found after calls to ban a popular bikers meet-up near Lichfield.

The Bassetts Pole event has been criticised by local residents due to the sheer number of riders who gather at the McDonald’s restaurant just off the A38.

However, plans for a ban have now been suggested which means the gatherings would cease after more than 15 years.

Bikers at Bassetts Pole. Pic: Matthew Ellis

Bikers at Bassetts Pole. Pic: Matthew Ellis

Cllr Matthew Ellis – who represents the Lichfield Rural East constituency – has called a meeting to discuss alternatives to  a complete ban.

“My first thought when a ban was suggested is that it’s an easy option,” he said. “But the fact it’s easy doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right option in the first instance.

“I’m sure, politically, constituents in the outlying areas I represent would be pleased to have some peace from the many, many bikes that attend twice a week during summer and often do cause some issues. But I do believe that people should have the right to meet and enjoy themselves as long as by doing so they don’t cause significant issues on other’s quality of life or risk safety to others or themselves.

“I’d hate to think that banning everything became norm in our country or county. That’s why I’ve convened a meeting to find a sustainable solution.”

Cllr Ellis is hoping local residents as well as bikers will be able to put their points across and reach a compromise.

He added: “We’ll be discussing limiting the size of the gathering which would improve safety and reduce local community impact, understanding how people attending can play a part in managing the meetings so police can deal with anti social riding and also just how beneficial, or not, the meetings are for the pub and restaurant at Bassetts Pole.

“In essence, we shouldn’t rush to ban this gathering but we should work hard and fast to make it less of a local problem for the area, mitigate its overgrowth that has happened this year and make it a smaller, well managed, enjoyable, non-troublesome event.

“But – and it’s an important but – it cannot continue as it is now.”

Full details of the meeting will be released on Cllr Ellis’ website soon.

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