Cllr Abdul C Mukit at the site of the Langdon Park BMX which is being built
- Health boost to the borough as free BMX facility will open in April
- BMX club planned
Work has started to build a BMX track at the south east side of Langdon Park this week offering a great healthy activity for local youngsters.
The project is a collaboration between the Council, Access Sports, Poplar HARCA, the contractor Architrail Velosolutions UK and the Langdon Park BMX Bike Club.
The maintenance and upkeep of the track will be run in partnership between the parties and the BMX Bike Club Volunteers. The track will be ready for use in April.
The construction of the track is funded by £87,000 of Section 106 *(S106) monies - contributed to by developers as part of the planning process to provide crucial infrastructure as development takes place.
The project was also supported by a grant of £10,000 from Tower Hamlets Public Health, that will support the upkeep of the facility over the next 5 years, the project will see the BMX track upgraded to fulfil a key legacy commitment following the Olympic games in 2012.
Mayor John Biggs said:
“This is a fantastic new facility for our Borough and it will contribute to healthy activity in our parks. It’s great to see this cycling track delivered in the east of the Borough at Langdon Park. We are working in partnership to deliver the Olympic Legacy and promote cycling in the Borough”
Cllr Mukit, Cabinet Member for Culture and Youth said:
‘’As a Council we are ensuring money raised from developments benefits the community. This bike track will give our young people a place to enjoy taking part in sport. I’m delighted that this facility is going to be opening soon”.
Babu Bhattacherjee, Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods, Poplar HARCA Housing Association said: “This is a fantastic addition to Langdon Park and follows hot on the heels of a new calisthenics gym created by Steel Warriors. The Spotlight creative youth space is right next door and already has a programme of training and activities mapped out.
“This builds on a Borough-wide commitment to cycling, including our own Poplar Peddlers club, that runs everything from learn to cycle sessions to longer rides and competition racing for people of all ages.”
As part of the BMX Olympic Legacy, Access Sports (External voluntary sector partner) has worked with all 5 hosts Olympic boroughs in developing BMX Bike Tracks since the 2012 games concluded
Within Tower Hamlets the Mile End BMX Track was developed as part of this programme and its successful use and take up by the local youth has made a compelling case for an additional facility to be provided in the east of the borough.
Langdon Park is ideally located for the BMX track with its close proximity to the Spotlight Centre, a state of the art facility for young people, run by Poplar HARCA.
The BMX Bike Track will provide a much needed outdoor facility for older youths to access in an area of the borough where there are limited facilities of this type. In 2014 Access Sports carried out a consultation with young people who identified better and more facilities of this type as a key priority.
The track is designed to deliver a series of benefits, including promoting and increase health activities, promoting cycling in general and BMX Bike riding skills, which is a part of the Olympic Legacy, provide volunteering opportunities for young people and encourage use of the park by young people and help deter anti-social behaviour
Tower Hamlets has an excellent record in the provision of sporting activities. The installation of the Langdon Park BMX Bike Track will increase the local offer as young people in the eastern part of the borough are often reluctant to travel over to Mile End where the other track is located. The site is ideally placed with, excellent transport links, schools and youth clubs surrounding the park.
The BMX track design ensures the track is highly durable and long-lasting, with little maintenance required. Access Sport's BMX Legacy Programme is providing all costs to develop a sustainable community BMX club on the new Langdon Park site (worth over £24,000).
All BMX tracks that Access Sport helps to develop in London are open access public facilities that do not need to be opened, closed or managed on a day to day basis. The track will be a free to use public facility that is safe and self-regulating. Structured activities will be provided by the community club at regular times during the week when anyone can attend and borrow the equipment needed.
Notes to Editors
For information on this release call Tower Hamlets Press office on 0207 3654 4389 firstname.lastname@example.org
*(S106) is part of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 which allows agreements to be made between a council and developers as part of the planning permission process.
Tower Hamlets Public Health are providing £10k for the upkeep of the facility over the next 5 years
Partners for this project are Access Sports Tower Hamlets Public Health Poplar HARCA the Spotlight Centre Urban Adventure Base Parks Sports and Physical Activity, and the Council’s Capital Delivery Team.
Posted on Tuesday 27th March 2018