THE NOISE from a planned motocross site in Stafford would be like a “swarm of hornets” a Doxey councillor has warned.
A planning application submitted by AFP X Parc Midlands, which would see the grazing land at Ashes Cover off Seighford Lane turned into an all-ages practice facility for riding off-road motorbikes, would be “extremely obtrusive”, said Doxey Parish Council leader David Adams.
“Depending on the direction of the wind, the noise could be significant,” said Councillor Adams.
“The sound is like a swarm of hornets. It could be extremely obtrusive.”
Councillor Adams said the land identified did not “strictly speaking” fall within the parish boundaries, but the effect of the development would certainly be felt by residents.
Councillor Neil Thomas said Stafford Borough Councillor for Seighford, Ray Sutherland, had called the application in for scrutiny and it was expected to appear before the borough council’s planning committee on October 30.
“A lot of people are very concerned about it,” said Councillor Thomas. “The environment agency wants a proper risk assessment to be carried out and someone else said the noise impact assessment carried out was defective.”
Parish councillor, Stafford borough councillor for Tillington and deputy mayor Isabella Davies said a petition against the plans was gathering steam and already had more than 74 names on it.
She said the site, if it went ahead, would have around 80 motorbikes on it at peak times.
Chairman of Doxey Parish Council David Adams said: “Isabella [Davies] was getting a lot of flak from people saying ‘what have you done about this’ and we knew nothing about it. We weren’t informed by the borough council.
“We found out about it because some residents were getting letters about the plans.”
Councillor Thomas said: “I think that rather than stick our necks out and say ‘it will cause problems’ we should write to the borough council expressing our concerns about the potential noise and the suitability of the noise impact assessment that has been submitted, on behalf of our constituents.”
Councillor Adams said: “We as a council were not notified about the application.
“Only a few residents who would be affected were notified. In the past we have been very, very late in getting planning applications which prevented us from commenting and telling people what was going on.
They [the borough council] have actually apologised about that and said it was something they were looking into.”
Councillor Adams said: “I might be a bit biased because I used to race the things.
“It is a money-spinner,” he said. “And I know from experience that trying to find land for that sort of facility is very difficult.”