Council appeals for considerate parking by BMX track users
20 April 2021
North Devon Council is asking visitors travelling by vehicle to the BMX Pump Track, near Braunton, to be considerate of residents when parking and moving their vehicles.
Users of the facility who transport their bikes by car or van and unload on arrival, but have been unable to park onsite, have been causing some issues for nearby residents.
The track was designed with only a small amount of onsite parking, due to restrictions on the site and in light of its close proximity to the Tarka Trail. Due to the success and popularity of the track, it has attracted lots of users from further afield than Braunton and many are now parking in the nearby residential area, resulting in concerns about the large volume of vans parking, turning and manoeuvring in an area where lots of young people are playing.
Mark Kentell, Contracts Delivery Manager at North Devon Council, says: “Our Parks, Leisure and Culture Team have worked extremely hard assisting the local BMX community campaigning for, locating and then delivering this wonderful facility.
"The track is a real success and the result of great community effort working in partnership with local enthusiasts and riders. Now the track is back up and running it would be great to see the success of the track continuing, with users showing consideration for neighbouring residents if parking nearby."
If the onsite parking area is full, visitors are encouraged to use the nearby Parish Council car park at Caen Street and make the short ride along the Tarka Trail to the track instead.
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