Eastway Cycle Circuit gone, still no replacement
28.09.07 by Buffalo Bill
I loved Eastway. I learnt to race there, I even won a race there (a mickey mouse race, but a win’s a win). I rode mountain bike races, time-trials and road races there. I was part of the crew that staged the 2003 European Cycle Messenger Championships there.
Eastway has gone, taken by the 2012 Olympics. 400 acres of parkland sacrificed for the greater good. British Cycling was promised that there would be an interim replacement, and that a bigger, better cycling facility would returned to the sport after the Olympics.
Not only has the interim replacement failed to appear, but the so-called ‘legacy’ facility is smaller than Eastway.
The Eastway User’s Group has this to say:
Meantime, we still await news of promised consultation and action to improve the total loss suffered by our sport.
Those new to the debate need not take only the word of Eastway Users Group on this matter. British Cycling said in response to the previous planning application made on Eastway’s site:-
The current Legacy Masterplan fails to provide for an adequate road race facility and does not provide anything like the amount of land that is required to mark out off-road trails suitable for off-road riding of the type previously enjoyed by Eastway users.
Sport England also commented on the application:-
“The replacement cycle circuit should be at least equivalent to the previous facility and ideally should be improved; the current proposals indicate a facility of reduced quality in a smaller area. Provision needs to be made for future community sports needs which will be in addition to the retained venues and would include new on site clubs and recreational areas within the Park. “