PLANS have been scrapped for a BMX track to entertain kids in Caistor.
Caistor Town Council had managed to secure sponsors for soil and the construction of the track – but it has now been forced to ditch its plans.
Up to 100 lorry loads of soil would be needed, but there is no suitable access to the site – council-owned land at the bottom of the cricket pitch in Brigg Road. Caistor Mayor John Burns-Salmond said the lorries could cause thousands of pounds of damage and the demand for the project was “not great enough” to warrant this.
He said: “As much as it disappoints me, we have no suitable access to this site. It’s a shame.”
The only way the BMX track will be possible is if any private land-owners come forward with an alternative location.
Coun Alan Caine sad: “We’re desperately looking around for somewhere else to go – we’re determined to do it.
“These kids have been waiting long enough.”
The BMX project came about after parents and children living in the town said there was nothing for young people to do. It even had the backing of Caistor Primary and Caistor Yarborough schools and a group on Facebook attracted about 700 members.
Alison Edwards – mum of Jack, 14, Charlie, 12, and seven-year-old Katie – said: “Caistor doesn’t have a lot for teenagers and young people, it can get quite boring for them during the holidays. We’ve got two small parks but the equipment there is geared towards younger children.
“A lot of young people use BMX bikes, skateboards and scooters, so it would be nice if we had somewhere for them to go in Caistor. It’s better than having our kids sat at home on their X–Boxes.”
Caistor Town Council considered a similar project several years ago but this also fell through as it did not have the backing of many councillors.
If you think you might have a suitable site for the BMX track contact Caistor Town Council clerk Helen Pitman on 01472 851883.