I have today met with members of the Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services (SCVYS) who will be carrying out the consultation process with local young people.  Firstly they will determine whether or not there are sufficient numbers of young people who would use a BMX track to justify the expenditure, and secondly to indicate other possible alternatives that would be more widely used, if the BMX track does not prove popular.

SCYVS will be contacting Moorside High School to begin the process when the school reopens after the half-term.  I have asked that this process should begin and be completed as soon as possible to curb any further delay.

Anyone wishing to put their views forward are invited to use the Contact Us page or leave a comment.

Kenn Griffiths – Chairman Werrington Parish Council.

 

 

Background

Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services (SCVYS) was established in 1982 by the larger traditional voluntary youth services operating in the County, including Scouts, Girlguiding, Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, Boys and Girls Brigades. The network provided a useful way of sharing information and best practice, coming together for training or networking and to lobby local elected members over different issues of interest and concern.

In 2011 SCVYS was commissioned by Staffordshire County Council to deliver support to the youth sector.  SCVYS, now a charitable company, matured whilst more than meeting the initial contractual requirements.

 

28 thoughts on “BMX Track Consultation Update

  1. Further to the last Parish Council meeting, we welcome any steps that can be considered progress. As reported to the Chair during the meeting, we confirm our support for the proposed BMX track and are happy to pledge any practical help that may be of assistance when the project gets underway.
    A.P. & D.L. Streeter.

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    1. Defiantly agree that primary schools need to be involved too. Why should they be excluded from the decision…. surely the younger children would use the track or is there to be an age limit ?🤔

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  2. I think the bmx track would be great, 90% of my mates ride bikes and this is the sort of thing they want, we travel all over to find places to find and make our own if it doesn’t upset the public, so I think a professionals made track would be fantastic for the kids who ride there bikes and they would love it

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  3. I think this is a fantastic idea for the local kids, the roads are so dangerous for youngsters on bikes and footpaths can be a hazard to other users. There’s not a lot in Werrington for youngsters to do and this would give them an opportunity to meet with their friends out in the fresh air, away from computers etc and more important in a safe environment.

    Alison Bradeley
    Local Resident and Grandparent

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  4. Something like this has been needed for a long time in Werrington. I feel to make this a huge success, the young people of werrington/wetley rocks should be able to be listened to and give their ideas at what they would like to have.

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  5. Not wanting to sound negative as a track would be a great idea, but there is likely to be others from all over the city coming to use the track once they are aware of it…. could this increase the ASB in werrington and if so how would this be handled?

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  6. Of course a BMX track would be s great idea. To ask the question if it would be used appears to be the silliest question of the year! Kids have taken the initiative to make their own so doesn’t that tell you straight away that this is something that kids want and will use?
    Not all parents have the ability to load bikes up into large cars to take their kids hunting for other tracks in other areas. Plus this is increasing traffic and air pollution in our neighbourhood. It has got to be the number 1 choice for kids to have their own track in their own village. This idea has been delayed and delayed and all those who delay should hang their heads in shame. Less talk and more action is what is needed

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  7. A great idea in theory but I do have concerns regarding it attracting even more out of area children and potentially increasing the already uncontrollable anti social behavior. What will be done to curb this?

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  8. Think it is a great idea and will give the kids somewhere to go and do instead of hanging around the streets! I was very disappointed that the kids manmade BMX ramps on the common was removed!

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  9. Yes I’m for a BMX track, something for the children to do outside and it’s exercise aswell. Younger children would like to use this as well as older children who could go there by themselves.

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  10. I think it’s a great idea about a track. Me and my mates would definately use it because the one that was made on the common was great. But a professionally made one should be even better and safer.

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  11. I think that a BMX track is a very good idea, I was a part of a project that happened in Goms Mill near longton in the 1980s and it actually lowered antisocial behaviour in the area, I know it was a long time ago but I think that it could make a difference to the area for the residents and the kids.

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  12. It’s public money and I want the council to make sure it’s what most kids wants not the few people on here. Some of whom I know aren’t from the area.

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  13. Most definitely support the bmx track and any development of werrington park going forward, my son and friends have recently shown their support and taken the initiative to create their own version . The park needs to be suitable to all age groups and l hope the parish are fully supportive in driving this forward before the children we are fighting for today get to old,

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  14. I think this is a wonderful idea, it’s about time the children of Werrington were listerned too, they are the villages future. For anyone with doubts, can I remind you it was a BMX track this is only reinstating what was there and what should of been repaired and replaced years ago.

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  15. A BMX would be a fantastic addition to Werrington park. It needs to be substantial enough and be suitable for all ages of children including older ones. Forest Park incorporates smaller ramps for younger children and larger bowls etc. for the older kids. Apart from the choice language I’ve heard up there, the children, regardless of age use the facility alongside each other. This is what werrington needs.

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  16. I remember the original BMX track in the wooded area if Meigh road Recreation ground from the 80s. We loved it as kids, and it was well used. The sharing of it with others, and organising races, and trying not to irritate adults who we feared would take it away from us was all part of growing up and learning to be responsible whilst enjoying exercise and fresh air. I think it would be a good use of the money, both in it’s direct effects of giving the kids something healthy and socially responsible to do, and in a wider sense showing them that we haven’t given up on them, that we listen and we want them to have facilities at least as good as we once had.
    As an aside, my son was using the now dismantled BMX track up on the common land and it was great to be part of the enthusiasm amongst the kids, he’d come home full of tales about his adventures, asking advice and help in improving his bike to be better on the track, it was a bonding moment and definitely not the same as when you take them somewhere and sit around until they’re finished. They felt grown up and adventurous.

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  17. Hello, my name is Alison, I am a Behaviour Coordinator in a local secondary school.
    I live in Werrington and I can honestly say that I love it. I have an eleven year old daughter who loves to hang out with her friends during the summer months. I hear such funny stories about them playing in Werrington’s Secret Garden and more recently the Common. Sadly, and I say this with disappointment for such a wonderful area for people to live in and raise their families there is actually very little for the younger generation to do.
    In my job I deal with some children who are from very disadvantaged areas, not to far away from Werrington. These children are regular offenders in the school I work at. Part of the issues are because they have nothing to do in their social time that doesn’t cost them money. Some therefore end up walking the streets, sitting in shop fronts and generally hang around out of boredom. They then bring that boredom into school which has a knock on effect.
    The young ones of Werrington have recently being in the lime light. Allegedly creating Anti Social Behaviour. Why is this? And what could contribute to it? Possibly the fact that they have nowhere to go without it also costing them money. The proposal of a BMX track could be the light at the end of the tunnel. A place where young ones can feel that they can have some fun with their peers.
    Let’s be honest, their is no more chance of other children coming from other areas and causing trouble than the children of Werrington who have allegedly being behaving inappropriately. Let’s get this BMX Track up and running and give our children the chance to prove themselves. Thus leaving the Common to bloom in the summer for beautiful walks and breathtaking scenery.

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  18. The track will be a great asset to the kids of Werrington, there’s not much to do that’s easy for them to get to and can be used by all age groups. My boys will love it!

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