Hotline number given to residents living near a Mepal motorcross track

Mepal track day

Mepal track day - Credit: Archant

Residents in Mepal are being given a hotline number to call to report noise complaints about a motocross track.

MP Steve Barclay says that people living in the area are fed-up with noise disturbance caused by the temporary motocross track at a former gravel pit site at Mepal and have contacted him with their concerns.

The planning application, by operators F-15MX Tracks, to create the track on part of the land at Block Fen Drove has been subject to constant delays by Fenland District Council planners, amid concerns that existing permissions are being routinely breached, Mr Barclay said.

However, planning rules mean the site can continue to operate for 28 days while the application is being dealt with.

Residents believe the operators have already exceeded those days for this year but Fenland planners calculate there are still a few days left.

Mr Barclay, MP for North East Cambs, said: “I feel very sorry for residents facing this repeated noise disturbance which is clearly impacting their quality of life in a rural setting. The planning rules state the temporary track can only be used for 28 days of which just 14 can be for race events and records kept by residents suggest this has been breached.”

Enforcement officer Bradley Gammond said the council cannot prosecute for breach of the rules based solely on evidence provided by the public as it needs to be robust enough to support a prosecution, which is why the council are now building their own evidence.

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As a result officers are visiting the site every weekend for the rest of the year.

The planning application, which wants the track to operate 114 days, was due to be heard at this month’s planning meeting but it was delayed and is expected to be discussed next month.

Mr Gammond said that if it is delayed again then the operators will be able to use the track for a further 28 days from January 1.

He said residents are being issued with an out-of-hours number so they can record their complaints at weekends.