Winter opening switch is planned for biking site

An application to allow a motocross site to move its operating times from summer to winter has been recommended for approval by planning officers.

Steve Brooks, the owner of Dunstable MotoX Park in Billington Road, Stanbridge, has put in the application – which also includes plans to increase the number of bikes from seven to 18 – forward to Central Bedfordshire Council.

Mr Brooks said: “We have applied to run through the winter, on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am till 3.30pm with a maximum of 18 bikes on the track at any one time, industry standard is 40.

“We have reduced the days from 183 down to 77 and our landlord has agreed to raise the earth bund around the track by two metres.”

Stanbridge, Billington and Eaton Bray parish councils are all against plans to see 
the number of bikes on the track increase to 18 because they say it will increase the noise – a claim Mr Brooks disputes.

The planning report into the application also reveals some residents from local villages do not want the application to be successful because they believe the noise will be intrusive and spoil the use of their gardens, more traffic will be generated through the villages, quiet walks in the countryside would be severely affected and an increase in bikes would increase pollution.

Suzan Detre, wrote to the Leighton Buzzard Observer on behalf of the residents of Eaton Bray, Stanbridge and Billington.

She said: “The noise of these motor bikes is most intrusive and depressing for local residents. “There are significant doubts about the quality of recent noise monitoring carried out by Central Bedfordshire on behalf of the operator.”

However, other residents support the application.

They believe the facility provides valuable service to young people, the facility operator is always looking to keep the noise level to a minimum, winter months would cause less disturbance to local residents and it generates custom to other businesses as well.

The decision will be made at Central Bedfordshire Council’s development management committee on Wednesday, January 14.