Champ might give up if park closes

Basildon Recorder: Dylan Woodcock Dylan Woodcock

A CHAMPION motocross rider could be forced to give up the sport if a controversial activity park closes.

Fourteen-year-old Dylan Woodcock, of Meadow Road, Hadleigh, has been practising on the track at Action Park, off the A127 in Wickford, for the past six years.

If the site shuts for good, the nearest suitable track would be in Norfolk.

Stuntman dad Leonard Woodcock, 42, already spends £40,000 a year on his son’s motocross hobby, and would struggle to fund the extra travel.

He said: “My son is British champion, but to get to that, we have spent a lot of money.

“There has got to be a point when you say enough is enough.

“There’s a track in Kent, but its not the right standard.

“There are six motocross shops in this area, and they all survive because of Action Park.

“If they take it away, the local community is going to suffer, because riders will go to parks illegally instead.

“When it isn’t done in a controlled environment, motocross can go wrong and end really badly.”

Action Park bosses went head to head with Basildon Council during a planning inquiry last week.

Enforcement action was launched against site, which had been operating without planning permission for seven years, after neighbours complained about noisy motocross bikes, rally cars and quad bikes.

The council also has concerns about damage to the green belt land, and highways dangers from traffic using the access road to the park.

Planning agent Kieron Lilley, from Smart Planning, who represented Action Park during the inquiry, said: “If we were to close the site and people had to travel to an alternative motocross track, I don’t think that would be very environmentally sustainable.

“There haven’t been any other sites put forward, because no one can suggest a better place locally.”

The planning inspectorate will make a decision within the next few months.

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7:44am Tue 15 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

40k a year on his sons Hobby, must be minted, sure the 2-3hour drive into Norfolk won't break the bank by the sounds of it, plus british champions must get sponsorship surely.
40k a year on his sons Hobby, must be minted, sure the 2-3hour drive into Norfolk won't break the bank by the sounds of it, plus british champions must get sponsorship surely. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 6

8:11am Tue 15 Jul 14

Royr says...

This looks like a good place for the young (and not so young) to get away from their xbox and Wii and get some air into their lungs and some fun into their lives!

The REAL damage to green belt land is having brick box living units built on it.

From what I can see on earth-scout.com, there are very few neighbours.
Is this another case of a few nimbies ruining it for the many?
Remember John Burrows Hall being knocked down because a small group of vociferous locals objecting to a family pub!
This looks like a good place for the young (and not so young) to get away from their xbox and Wii and get some air into their lungs and some fun into their lives! The REAL damage to green belt land is having brick box living units built on it. From what I can see on earth-scout.com, there are very few neighbours. Is this another case of a few nimbies ruining it for the many? Remember John Burrows Hall being knocked down because a small group of vociferous locals objecting to a family pub! Royr
  • Score: -8

10:20am Tue 15 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

Basildon Council should get on with more important stuff in their own backyard.


Plenty of stuff needs sorting out in the immediate urban area they have dominion over.
Basildon Council should get on with more important stuff in their own backyard. Plenty of stuff needs sorting out in the immediate urban area they have dominion over. Howard Cháse
  • Score: -2

12:57pm Tue 15 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

if this lad lives in hadleigh, there are plenty of parks, wooded areas and reserves to tear about in, why bother with wickford ?
if this lad lives in hadleigh, there are plenty of parks, wooded areas and reserves to tear about in, why bother with wickford ? pembury53
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1:02pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

pembury53 wrote:
if this lad lives in hadleigh, there are plenty of parks, wooded areas and reserves to tear about in, why bother with wickford ?
Probably because by using this facility near Wickford he doesn't have to play dodge the dog turd....
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: if this lad lives in hadleigh, there are plenty of parks, wooded areas and reserves to tear about in, why bother with wickford ?[/p][/quote]Probably because by using this facility near Wickford he doesn't have to play dodge the dog turd.... Howard Cháse
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5:22pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Maddogg says...

Dig it up. Flatten it.then turn it into a site for our travelling friends. Wonder what the neighbours would think then?
Dig it up. Flatten it.then turn it into a site for our travelling friends. Wonder what the neighbours would think then? Maddogg
  • Score: 2
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