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Work to start on £800k cycle circuit at Paignton

By Herald Express  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

cycle circuit: From left, Mark Pountney, Alan Tyerman, Darren Cowell and Mark Healey, with Catherine Williams and Robert Excell Torquil MacLeod TQTM20140114D-02_C

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WORK on a new £800,000 cycle circuit for Clennon Valley is to begin next week.

The 1.5km closed cycling circuit will be the only one of its kind in Devon.

Cllr Robert Excell, Torbay Council member for sport, said: "This will put Torbay on the map for cycling.

"This circuit will be available for everyone and will also be a tremendous boost for tourism."

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He said the nearest similar facility was in Wells, Somerset.

The plans include the macadam circuit on land currently used as sports pitches with a 1.8-metre boundary fence.

The track is set above ground level to allow for water run off.

To the northern boundary, there will be an additional hard standing area for an entrance and exit point to the track, waiting and coaching area.

Cllr Excell said Torbay was fast becoming a hub for cycling with the BMX track at Parkfield and scrambling on land near Cockington.

Plans for a velodrome in Clennon Valley are also in the pipeline.

The circuit plans were approved by Torbay Council's development committee on Monday. Members were told British Cycling is meeting half of the costs.

Iain Masters, of Torbay Development Agency, told the meeting: "Clennon Valley accommodates the biggest concentration of sporting facilities and we want to see sporting excellence in Clennon Valley."

He said the velodrome and circuit plans were seen by British Cycling as among 'highest priority national projects'.

He said: "The money has to be spent and the scheme substantially completed by April.

"The scheme has received overwhelming support. The facilities will support a wide range of sports and attract riders from across Devon, Dorset and Somerset."

Members approved the scheme but Cllr Peter Addis raised concerns about the main access.

He said it was dangerous the public would have to cross the track if they needed to use toilets.

The pitch is a former landfill site and there were concerns about toxic gases. Members were told any contamination found would need to be properly treated.

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  • Timbo175829  |  January 16 2014, 10:35AM

    As much as I love sports and back the development and progression of sporting opportunities i have to wonder where the money for this comes from, and by wonder, I mean from which pocket of mine. I think there are more important things on the budget right now than cycle tracks, but fair play, guess it will be enjoyed by a few.

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  • TheLoveTank  |  January 16 2014, 9:24AM

    As the working class are being increasingly priced out of car ownership cycling is the way forward. Pretty soon the car driving chinese workers will be looking at the British all cycling to work with a smile. This is the only velodrome of it's type nearby because all the other ones have been done properly and have roofs on them. What will this look like in 5 years time when it is covered in weeds because the gardening management services have been cut. The Chinese in their middle class leafy suburbs will be smiling at us again as they progress ever further onwards leaving us far behind.

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