WORK is about to begin on a £50,000 scheme to upgrade a BMX track at a country park in Hartlepool.
The track at 100-acre Summerhill, off Catcote Road, Hartlepool, will be closed for six weeks from Monday, September 10, and cyclists are being asked to stay away for their own safety.
Tony Davison, Summerhill co-ordinator, said: “The course is to be fully re-developed and, in effect, everything will be changed.
“The new course will have four new straights and three new bitumen-surfaced berms or turns. The works will also result in improved spectator areas, drainage and space for support vehicles used during competitions.
“They will create a new course, still one of the longest in the country, that will be of the standard required to attract major competitions. It will also be much easier to maintain.
“The site will be temporarily fenced off for the duration of the works, and I’d like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience that the works might cause people.
“However, I’m sure that the end result will be well worth the wait.”
The improvements are being funded with a grant from BIFFA landfill tax which was secured through a partnership between Hartlepool Borough Council which owns and runs Summerhill, and local BMX club, North East BMX.