VIDEO: Last ditch bid to persuade council to allow moto cross track near Chatteris

PRESSURE is growing on Fenland Council Planning Committee to reject once and for all plans to legalise a moto cross track operating illegally on the outskirts of Chatteris.

Frantic efforts by promoter Andrew Villis have not satisfied council officials who will call next Wednesday for the postponed application to be refused.

Officers say Mr Villis has:

• Failed to submit a noise/acoustic report showing homes affected and mitigation

• Failed to show opening hours won’t create a nuisance in the open countryside


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• Failed to provide ecology reports

• Failed to submit satisfactory restoration proposals at the mineral and waste site

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• Failed to provide sufficient details of high noise bunds

The planning committee will also hear from Chatteris Town Council who originally supported the application but are now opposed to it.

Chatteris town councillor Rosemary Stimson chairs the planning sub committee and agreed that the council did originally support it “but then we didn’t have the full facts.”

She said the original application details forwarded by Fenland Council “did not show the extent of the noise and nuisance and did not say how many meetings they planned to hold each year.”

Chatteris Town Council’s opposition is similar to that of Mepal Parish Council, the latter having campaigned throughout for it to be refused.

The parish council claims people living two kilometres from the moto cross park at Block Fen suffered an intolerable noise nuisance. The council says no monitoring date has been submitted, bunding is unlikely to contain the noise, and had motor sport been envisaged they would have objected to the original gravel extraction.

Planners will consider a flood of late objections since they adjourned a decision a month ago but they will also hear of extra letters of support too have come in. These claim it is “a fantastic track, professionally run, and the site produces ideal physical and mental riding challenges.”

Environmental health officials at Fenland Hall refer to a “high irrational/tonal factor” from the motor bikes.

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