The planned scrambling track at Astwood Park takes up “very little space” and will be used for “mini scramblers for the younger kids,” a Ministry of Public Works spokesperson said today [Sept 9].
The park will be used from 4 to 6pm from Monday to Friday on a one year trial basis, and the organizers have agreed to stop the programme at any point during the evening should the area residents express any concerns, the Ministry said.
The environmental group BEST has called the plan“inappropriate”, saying that Astwood Park was purchased by the Government after research in the 1980s showed that Warwick was one of the most densely populated parts of the Island, and needed open space relief.
“We are aware that the conversion is being promoted as a ‘kiddie scrambling track’ as though the smaller bikes will not be as noisy or destructive to the environment through pollution and erosion,” said a statement from BEST Chairman Stuart Hayward.
“It may be billed as such but which department of government is charged to monitor usage; to inspect and deny certain sized engines or wheelsizes or age groups from using the facility?
“It just doesn’t make good sense to put a high-noise and environmentally damaging activity adjacent to a dense residential area. Communities need a rest from noise and bother, particularly evenings and weekends.
Mr Hayward continued: “It doesn’t make good sense to open up a new facility for a noisy and potentially dangerous motorized bikes when one already exists at Southside in a more suitably isolated area.”
According to the Ministry of Public Works:
1. The park is being used for the mini scramblers for the younger kids – not the larger motocross cycles
2. The area MP canvassed the area and approached the Ministry on their behalf and the area residents had no objections to this area being used as a track
3. The park will only be used from 4 to 6 pm/Monday to Friday
4. This will be on a one year trial basis with a view to assess the programme thereafter
5. The organizers have agreed to stop the programme at any point during the evening should the area residents express any concerns
6. The track for the actual programme has been designed by the Department of Parks technical personnel which takes up very little space in the park
7. The Ministry of Public Works is working with the youth in the area to offer a positive outlet.
Update 4.16pm: We asked exactly who the organiser is, and a Public Works Ministry spokesperson said the Department of Parks.
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