Weather delays BMX track start

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Torrential rain put paid to plans to start work on a bike track in Clare after four years of waiting.

Diggers were due to begin shaping the mountain bike and BMX track on land near Clare Nuttery at the weekend. However, heavy rain made the ground unsuitable and the project’s start date has been put back.

The delay is a blow to many youngsters in the town who have fought hard to see their vision of a bike track become a reality.

In September, following talks between Clare Town Council, the landowner and Clare Youth Association Committee (CYAC), a lease was signed on the land to signal progress.

This gave permission for the track to be built after 10 young bike riders originally approached the council in 2008 seeking an area for pursuing their hobby.

Steve Brooks, CYAC secretary, said although bad weather had intervened, the project would still go ahead.

“People have waited four years for this, so a delay of a few weeks will not make much difference,” he said.

“We were ready and raring to go but unfortunately the ground and access was too wet to start digging.”

Mr Brooks said the youth committee, which formed last year, had been instrumental in getting the project to its current stage and youngsters would not have too long to wait for their much-in-demand bike track.

“The good news is that the grass has been cut and the area is well defined,” he said.

“Now that the grass is cut, the ground will dry out quicker. The plan is that work will start at first light on a Saturday morning in the next few weeks. We will then mark out the site and start digging so that we can complete the roughing out.”