A BMX coach has launched a petition to pile pressure on Erewash Borough Council after years of rallying for a skate park and bike track in the town.
Richard Camm, owner of Urban Air BMX on Bath Street, first started asking the council for a facility two years ago.
He told the Advertiser that since then he’s been ‘fobbed off’ and passed around ‘nearly every department’ in his quest to see an extreme sports venue built in Ilkeston.
He said: “We first started saying we wanted a venue two years ago and still we’re no closer to getting any answers.
“During that time I’ve been invited to openings of facilities in other areas and every time I find myself thinking why hasn’t Ilkeston, one of the biggest towns in our area, got somewhere like this?”
Richard’s requests for a BMX track and skate park first featured in the Advertiser in December 2009.
He added: “We had an excellent track in Cotmanhay and a brilliant skate park in Kirk Hallam, they’ve both been removed and nothing has been done to replace either of them.
“There’s so many kids and young people interested in these sports and nowhere for them to take part in them.
“People come from all areas to my shop but the town it’s in doesn’t even have a facility where what I sell can be used.
“They say there’s nothing for kids to do but put one of these facilities in and it will be packed out.”
Phil Wright, director for operational services at Erewash Borough Council said: “We are always looking to develop facilities across the borough and we welcome ideas from residents.
“However, there is a cost to providing such facilities and this has to be taken into consideration as well as the location of suitable venues.
“We will in the future be constructing a small facility at Windsor Crescent, Kirk Hallam, for stunt style BMX bikes.”