BMX track revamp cash needed

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COUNCIL officers have been urged to push ahead with funding bids to revamp a popular BMX track.

The 1,200ft track at Summerhill Country Park, off Catcote Road, Hartlepool, needs maintenance work to bring it back up to national standard.

Hartlepool Borough Council is working on plans with members of the North-East BMX club, which is based at the site. But they need about £75,000 to carry out the work.

The plan is to secure outside funding for the work and bids have been submitted.

The track, one of the longest in the country with jumps and tight bends, was built to national standards but it has deteriorated over time.

Independent councillor Hilary Thompson, portfolio holder for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “We have always been good at raising funds.

“We need this for our young people and if we can attract people to come here for the best facilities then that will also contribute to tourism in town.”

In April, an application in the name of the club was made to BIFFA, a landfill trust operator which was offering grants. The club has been invited to stage two of the process for a maximum grant of £50,000 and the deadline for the submission is July 5.

Club officials said they would contribute £5,000 towards the overall cost.