An online petition objecting to a new “mini-Glentress” mountain bike park has reached almost 350 signatures.
Residents of Dumbiedykes and St Leonard’s in Edinburgh, Scotland, have been divided over the plans to build an asphalt pump track in the urban woodland area.
The campaign to build the skills park – known as ‘The Skelf’ – has a 25-year lease on the area, but disgruntled residents claim they were never consulted and that they only became aware of the plans after 70 trees in the area were cleared.
The charity, Braidwood Bikepark Group, states it did carry out all of the necessary consultation required to finalise the plans.
Almost 350 signatures have been collected and the petition will know be sent to Communities Minister Alex Neil.
Objectors to the plans believe that the park would exclude residents who do not cycle but still require the park for its health benefits.
“The area is needed for physical and mental wellbeing for all the nearby residents, living in high rise and low rise flats,” residents have said in the online petition.
“Now there is a bike park development happening without local people knowing anything about it.
“Consultation was kept to a finely calculated minimum, and an arrangement for just one person on the council to approve planning consent, sealed the deal.”
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