Midway thru' my regular XC jeyboy loop in Lordswood, I passed two youths, one sat astride a child's bike of dubious provenance and the other a raggedy BMX, whilst nonchantly smoking a fag. They couldn't have been more than fourteen.
"Seen the jumps, mate?" one of them piped up.
"Yeah, just head down the track - they're on the right."
"No, I mean, have you seen - they've been demolished."
Thereafter followed a conversation about how such jump spots had helped keep 'em - and I quote - "out of trouble". I thought of my formative years on BMX tracks and in the woods, and nodded in agreement.
"I'm gonna build some where nobody can find 'em" said the fag smoking one, with determination.
Now, I understand the complexities of public liability insurance and was as pissed as anyone by the amount of litter left at that spot... but if adults can put this much effort into tearing stuff down - surely they can find the energy to build a legitimate pump/BMX track... hey-ho, it might even serve to occupy bored and distracted kids. And keep 'em out of trouble...