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Hadleigh Farm Olympic Mountain Bike Track to Open to the Public

Plans have been passed that will see the Olympic Mountain Bike track at Hadleigh Farm opened to the public after the conclusion of London 2012The Olympic Mountain Bike track at Hadleigh Farm will open to public after the London 2012 has concluded. The current facilities will be expanded and improved, ensuring a lasting Olympic MTB legacy in this corner of Essex.
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The announcement that the Hadleigh Olympic track would be transformed into a permanent public facility came after the area’s Local Authority, Castle Point Borough Council, voted to allow a planning application from Essex County Council. The plans include the construction of two MTB tracks, a new bicycle skills area and a visitors’ centre.
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It is hoped that the MTB facility at Hadleigh Farm will transform the area into a centre of biking excellence, offering opportunities for ordinary people to engage with the sport whilst enjoying the local countryside and historic surroundings.
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Despite considerable support for the project from the mountain bike fraternity, the proposals have not been without opposition. Local councillor, Alf Patridge, told the BBC that he had received dozens of communications from local people objecting to the plans on the grounds that the tracks will destroy the peace of a quiet area of unspoiled countryside.
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The dialogue regarding the construction of the Hadleigh Farm MTB facility illustrates the multiplicity of interests and concerns that will often surround any sporting facility development, whether dealing with an inner-city skate park or a countryside mountain bike track. The immense success of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games is likely to add extra support to any plan that aims to provide opportunities for public engagement in sports.
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Words By A.L.Cuin
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Photo courtesy of FB

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