Bikers breathe life back into damaged BMX track

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YOUNGSTERS who use the BMX track in Wellholme Park, Brighouse, are helping to re-design it.

George Robinson and his friends have been the driving force to help restore the BMX track which was damaged by 4 x 4 drivers back in April last year.

The youngsters have been joined by community payback and members of Calderdale Council’s Safer, Cleaner Greener team to redevelop the track which was originally built in the 1980s.

George, aged 17, said: “We know what we are wanting in our minds so when we are working with the probation team we are telling them what to do and showing them how to do it.

“The tracks have been knocked down a few times in the past so it will be nice to have them back and it gives us something to do and keeps us off the streets.”

Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) was approached by the group while he was inspecting the damage the 4 x 4 drivers had caused.

He helped set up the track in the 1980s with members of Brighouse Road Safety Committee who wanted to create the area to provide a safe place for youngsters to ride their BMX bikes.

“Now we have got the payback team on it and we are going to be able to establish it again and hopefully they will be able to ride safely and it keeps them off the streets where they can burn a bit of energy and learn some cycling skills,” he said.