Public views sought on Hardingstone Bike Park proposals

Published: Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Northampton Borough Council is inviting the public to have their say on its bid to fund a world-class bike park in the town.

The Council – working alongside Northamptonshire Sport, Northamptonshire County Council as well as local volunteer and off-road bike enthusiast Tony Skirrow – has already been successful in the first stage of its application to secure vital backing for the project from British Cycling.

Ahead of a January 2021 deadline to lodge a final-stage funding application, views are being sought on the proposed Hardingstone Bike Park as part of a public consultation that launched today.

The proposed free-to-access park would be built just south of Delapre Golf Centre in the Hardingstone area.

Downhill trails, pump tracks and slaloms are some of the suggested features to be installed as part of the project.

The Council also hopes that the park would be able to host events and coaching sessions in the future.

Jonathan Nunn, Leader of the Council, said: “We are at an exciting stage of our plans to create this wonderful bike park, which would provide a much-needed facility for bikers of all ages and abilities to showcase and develop their talents.

“However, it is also important that members of the public are able to give their opinions on the project, and I would encourage them to play a full part in this consultation.

“We believe the park will be of great benefit to the local community as it adds to Northampton’s recreational offering and provides another outlet for the town’s cyclists.

“Who knows, it could also produce our very own elite cycling star in the future.”

Members of the public can share the views on the proposed bike park here – the consultation will run until 9 December.