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Brindle residents asked for views on quarry
6:00am Monday 14th October 2013 in News
A motorbike group has invited people who object to them using a disused quarry, to a demonstration of their sport.
Residents in Brindle are being asked for views on a bid by Chorley Motorcycle Trials Club to use Denham Quarry.
Chorley Council is consulting villagers after a request from the club to use part of the site, at most, 14 times per year.
The demonstration day is on Saturday, October 12 from 11am to 3pm at the quarry off Holt Lane, Brindle.
Denham Quarry is a disused quarry with cliffs used by rock climbers and footpaths by dog walkers.
However, the plans have already been roundly condemned by Brindle Parish Council who claim the issue has “caused a great deal of upset, concern and worry to local residents”.
Councillor Bev Murray, who looks after sports for Chorley Council, said: “Motorcycle trials is a very slow and skilled sport riding over obstacles and should not be confused with trails biking which involves off road bikes racing round.
“The club wants those in Brindle to see what goes on and this is why there is a demonstration day. We are considering letting the club use it, initially for 12 months, but we want people’s feedback first.”
Joe Holden, secretary of Chorley Motorcycle Trials Club, said: “Our sport has no element of speed. It is performed at walking pace. We have no current facilities in the borough and the small area within Denham Quarry is ideal.”
In a letter to borough council leader Alistair Bradley, chair of Brindle Parish Council, Darren Cranshaw, said: “The Parish Council is strongly opposed to the use of Denham Quarry being used for motorcycle trials. This opposition is based on the complete unsuitability for the site and physical issues, which the proposed demonstration day of motorcycle trials would not alter, or change at all.”
Residents can submit comments by October 21.