Dozens turn up for BMX track meet

NILA 18-6-12 BWJ 2 Ilkeston BMX Track Protest.
NILA 18-6-12 BWJ 2 Ilkeston BMX Track Protest.
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Support for a BMX and skate track in Ilkeston was clear to see when people who want to see a facility in the town met in the Market Place.

Hundreds of people have also signed up to a Facebook group set up to get a track for the town.

Pete Wilson, who has taken charge of the campaign, said: “I was really pleased with the turn out.

“It was great to see so many people there and wanting to work together to get this track.

“It wasn’t just parents of children involved in the sport already there, there were lots of different people and members of the community that want to see this happen.”

At the meet on Monday night Pete spoke to people about setting up a committee and his meeting with the council about the possibility of having a track built.

He said: “I want all this doing properly, if there are enough of us working together for this the council won’t be able to ignore us.

“We’ll have the committee set up ready and if and when the track is complete we can be rady to take on the running of it all.”

Campaigners want to see a national standard track so that Ilkeston can host events and attract bikers from all over the country.

They hope that BMX biking events at the Olympics will also give their fight a boost and help attract more members.

Pete added: “There is already loads of interest in Ilkeston in BMX biking and skateboarding but when kids see some of the things these Olympians can do I think there’ll be even more wanting to get involved.

“This won’t just be a track and somewhere for kids to go it will be a community base and that’s exactly what we are in need of round here.

“I’m hopeful that the council will realise this and agree to get things started.”

For updates and to join the campaign for a track in the town visit Facebook.com and search for Ilkeston BMX project and click like.