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BMX Plans on Track
Plans for a new BMX track for youngsters in Wotton under Edge and Kingswood have moved a step nearer after receiving planning permission.

The track is all part of a major community sports development plan for the New Road field just south of Wotton under Edge, being spearheaded by the Wotton Community Sports Foundation (WCSF).

Eventually, football, cricket and tennis facilities and a pavilion will be added to the existing rugby pitch – as well as the BMX track and eventually a new skate park.

The plans got a welcome £2,500 boost from the Gloucestershire Market Towns Forum – Wotton under Edge is a founder member of the Forum.

Barnaby Beere of the WCSF said: "We're delighted we got planning permission – although we have to improve the access to the ground before we can go ahead.

"The BMX track will be part of the whole redevelopment of the ground which will offer many more activities to local youngsters – the town's recent healthcheck highlighted the lack of play space and facilities for young people.

"Thanks to June Cordwell, who runs the youth liaison committee, I was able to network with the council and found out about funding from GMTF. The application process was extremely easy, so long as you can prove you are a genuine organisation with a constitution and audited accounts. The Development Fund is ideal if you don't need a large amount of money – it really helped.

"I am a real fan of market towns – people are working really hard around here to keep the town vibrant and alive and a centre of commerce – their efforts are a key contributor to the local economy. As a local resident, I'm keen to put something back into the community, and since becoming involved, I've met a lot of great people all prepared to do their bit."

Geoff Wheeler, who manages the Gloucestershire Market Towns Forum Development Fund, said: "The Forum is keen to support towns in developing ideas to meet needs highlighted in their community healthchecks. Young people in our rural areas need to benefit from any local regeneration plans."

For more information, contact Barnaby Beere - - 01453 844040

The Gloucestershire Market Towns Forum is a member organisation of most of the county's small rural towns and larger parishes. As part of its services to member communities, the Forum negotiates a pot of money from Gloucestershire County Council each year to support towns in developing their own local projects. Called the Forum Development Fund, it has gone a long way to getting ideas off the ground in recent years, helping member towns with small amounts of funding for projects which enhance the vitality and the vibrancy of their town. For more information, visit

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