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Invite to find out more on Brindle m-bike trials plan
4:00pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
A MOTORCYCLE group has invited objectors to plans for them to use a disused quarry to a demonstration of their sport.
Residents in Brindle are being asked for their views on a bid by Chorley Motorcycle Trials Club to use Denham Quarry for their sport.
Chorley Council is consulting villagers following a request from the club to use part of the rural site on a maximum of 14 occasions per year.
The demonstration day is being held on Saturday, October 12 from 11am to 3pm at the quarry off Holt Lane, Brindle.
Denham Quarry is a disused quarry with cliff faces used by rock climbers and its footpaths by dog walkers However, the plans have already been roundly condemned by Brindle Parish Council who claim the issue has 'caused a great deal of upset, concern and worry to local residents'.
Coun Bev Murray, who looks after sports for Chorley Council, said: “Motorcycle trials is a very slow and skilled sport riding over obstacles and should not be confused with trails biking which involves off road bikes racing round.
“The club wants those in Brindle to see what goes on and this is why there is a demonstration day.
“It will also give them a chance to speak to club members and ask any questions they may have.
“We’re considering letting the club use it, initially for 12 months, but we want people’s feedback first.”
Joe Holden, secretary of Chorley Motorcycle Trials Club, said: “Our sport has no element of speed. It is performed at walking pace.
“We have no current facilities in the borough and the small area within Denham Quarry is ideal.
“I would encourage those with an interest to come to the demonstration day and we will be happy to talk.”
In a letter to borough council leader Alistair Bradley, chair of Brindle Parish Council , Darren Cranshaw, said: “The Parish Council is strongly opposed to the use of Denham Quarry being used for motorcycle trials.
“This opposition is based on the complete unsuitability for the site and physical issues, which the proposed demonstration day of motorcycle trials would not alter, or change at all.”
Residents are invited to submit their comments by 5pm on Monday, October 21.
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