On track for a MotoX winter?

L13-123     4/2/13   MPLO'Dunstable Motocross Park near Billington, Beds.'wk 6 AC JX ENGPNL00120130402142605

L13-123 4/2/13 MPLO'Dunstable Motocross Park near Billington, Beds.'wk 6 AC JX ENGPNL00120130402142605

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The owner of Dunstable MotoX Park is wondering if the council will blow hot or cold over his plan to steer operating times to winter instead of summer.

In a planning application to Central Beds Council, Steve Brooks suggested the change would reduce the impact on the community.

But, the business has also applied to increase the number of bikes on the track from seven to 18.

Mr Brooks said: “We have applied to run through the winter, on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am til 4pm with a maximum of 18 bikes on the track at any one time – industry standard is 40.

“We have offered to prove to Central Beds Council and the parish councils that 18 bikes produce no more noise than two bikes. but they have so far declined. We have our own sound testing equipment on site and regularly test bikes that we think are noisy.”

In the past, locals have complained about the noise – apparently even at times when the track was shut. Mr Brooks has filmed a video and even has meetings with Stanbridge Parish Council to address the issues. He said: “If we really are a nuisance, then wouldn’t it be better for us to run through the winter for three days a week while everyone is tucked up indoors. It’s a no brainer to me.