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Seighford residents fight plans for motorbike practice course

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

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RESIDENTS in Seighford are revving up to block plans to build a motorbike practice facility in the village.

AFP X Parc Midlands Ltd have lodged an application to install an off-road motorbike practice facility on grazing land off Seighford Lane.

Worried residents have sent 75 letters of objection and two petitions with 85 and 12 names respectively. Among their concerns are noise and impact on wildlife

There were also 137 letters in support of the application with proponents saying it was a much needed facility and would provide young riders with a practice and safe learning facility.

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Elaine Johnsof Millan Brook Road, said: “It is hard to imagine the horrendous noise which will pollute the entire area of Seighford and Aston from the proposed development. I strongly object to the deformation of a countryside area with motorbike noise.”

Lindon Horton, of Twemlow Close, Derrington, said: “This is something that should receive full support with so many people of all ages living locally who have to travel a distance to enjoy their sport.”

Councillor Ray Sutherland has called the application in to allow the committee to consider the effects on the open countryside and residents’ concerns.

Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy said: “My main concern is the amount of noise pollution that these proposals will bring to the area. The borough council I am sure already receive a considerable amount of complaints because of the noise pollution produced by DriveMe which is located nearby.

“It would be a shame to only heighten people’s discontent with the amount of noise that is produced because a secondary business involving loud vehicles is situated in close proximity.”

Seighford Parish Council has strongly objected because of noise, traffic, operating hours and contamination.

In a letter to the council they said: “This will have a major impact on the already crowded and narrow country lanes around the site. The vehicles used for the transport of the bikes will probably be transit type vans or larger and other vehicles towing trailers. The access routes all have weight restrictions.”

Creswell Parish Council has also objected citing concerns about visual intrusion, noise, access and traffic-related issues and operational concerns.

They said: “The site is that of a totally open and exposed area of land that while it falls away in part, is in its majority on an elevated level that is on a par with that of the main M6 carriageway and as such is visible for a considerable distance around.”

Doxey Parish Council didn’t object but said: “Councillors have noted there are days when noise from the DriveMe facility already operating in Seighford is audible in Doxey and believe that the type of noise which would be generated from this facility would be at lease as audible and intrusive.”

The application is recommended for approval when the council’s planning committee meet tomorrow (FRI).

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