Fenland Council promises to maintain March BMX track after parent raises concerns

Neil Wilson at the BMX track in Wigstone park March, that is overgrown.

Neil Wilson at the BMX track in Wigstone park March, that is overgrown. - Credit: Archant

AN overgrown BMX bike track was put on an emergency maintenance list after a parent contacted us for help to get it fixed for the summer holidays.

Neil Wilson at the BMX track in Wigstone park March, that is overgrown.

Neil Wilson at the BMX track in Wigstone park March, that is overgrown. - Credit: Archant

The BMX track at Wigstone’s Road park, in March, used to attract riders from all over the Fens when it was first built more than 20 years ago.

Neil Wilson at the BMX track in Wigstone park March, that is overgrown.

Neil Wilson at the BMX track in Wigstone park March, that is overgrown. - Credit: Archant

This week, however, a father contacted us to say the track had fallen into such a sorry state that it looked like a piece of wasteland.

Neil Wilson at the BMX track in Wigstone park March, that is overgrown.

Neil Wilson at the BMX track in Wigstone park March, that is overgrown. - Credit: Archant

Groundworker Neil Wilson, 31, contacted Fenland District Council in June to report the state of the track.

A month later, however, nothing had been done leaving him frustrated at being unable to take his five-year-old son Jayden Pont there.


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Mr Wilson, of Station Road, said: “The schools have just broken up and the track is a mess, there’s no way you can go round it.

“We are always being told about how children are getting obese and not getting out in the outdoors and here we have a good free facility that is being left to ruin.”

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The track at the back of Wigstone’s Road park starts on a concreted hilled area and follows a circular sandy pathway of mini jumps suitable for riders of all ages.

Now, however, the grass is almost up to shoulder height and where it has been cut back and the grass not cleared. It is impossible to ride on.

The nearest alternative BMX track is at Peterborough.

When we contacted Fenland District Council a spokesman promised the issue will be tackled immediately.

A spokesman said: “We apologise for not maintaining this area properly over the past few weeks. It was due to be cut in June but was inadvertently missed by our contractors.

“We are updating our schedules to ensure that it isn’t missed again.”

The spokesman said the grass was due to be cut yesterday.

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