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Cycling haven to be installed in Wembley open space

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 March 2014

A BMX track, cycling circuit and scooter trail will be installed in Chalkhill Open Space

A BMX track, cycling circuit and scooter trail will be installed in Chalkhill Open Space

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Plans to convert a disused area of a popular Brent open space into a cycling haven has been given the thumbs up by planning chiefs.

The plans, submitted by the council, will see existing vegetation cleared for the installation a BMX track in the south eastern corner of the sports ground in Chalkhill Open Space.

Under the proposals, a family cycling circuit and a scooter track will be built on the green in Barnhill Road.

A storage container will also be constructed to provide potential cycling clubs valuable storage space for equipment such as bikes, helmets and other safety equipment.

The application received rousing support from neighbours, with only one official objection lodged.

One resident, who lives in Kilburn, said: “This will be a great addition to Chalkhill and I very much hope it can go ahead. I work in Chalkhill on a project, Well London, to promote health including physical health and this will contribute to children and families being active and outdoors.”

The plans have also attracted attention of residents of neighbouring boroughs.

Mr Abraham fromBarnet, said: “I currently live in a neighbouring borough and would be prepared to cycle three miles here to use this facility.

“I have grown up riding BMX in East London and moved to North London recently I have seen the benefits first hand of what places like this can do for local kids and communities.”

As part of the conditions of the full planning permission, town hall bosses have submitted outlines of plans to promote conservation in the area following the build.

The outcome remains to be seen.

Cllr Roxanne Mashari, Brent Council’s lead member for environment and neighbourhoods said: “I am thrilled that families in Chalkhill and throughout Brent will now be able to enjoy this BMX, cycling and scooter track.

“Brent Council is committed to reducing health inequalities throughout our borough and investing to get local kids exercising.”

The construction process is expected to take place later this year.

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