Pineham motocross circuit set to re-open

Moto cross track at Pineham, behind the M1
Moto cross track at Pineham, behind the M1

MOTOCROSS racing will return to Milton Keynes after the circuit at Pineham got the go-ahead to reopen next month.

The popular track, located next to junction 14 of the M1, was closed in 2009 by Milton Keynes Council after 25 years of use.

Moto cross track near Pineham BMX track other side of M1

Moto cross track near Pineham BMX track other side of M1

The venue had never been granted formal planning permission, so when The Parks Trust sought to obtain a Certificate of Lawful Use, its bid was turned down.

However, plans to re-open the circuit have been given the go-ahead after The Trust granted a licence to the F-15MX club, allowing them to use it for 28 days a year.

The decision hasn’t been met with universal delight though, with one resident saying she was ‘incandescent with rage’ after hearing the news.

In a letter to the Citizen, Mrs Phillips said: “When the motocross was running before, it was impossible to sit in our gardens, to have our windows or doors open in the summer months because of the interminable whine of the bike engines.

“I would ask the planning committee to think carefully about how they would feel living near this track before granting permission.

“I would like to be able to use my garden when I like, and not have it dictated to us by the motocross, The Parks Trust or Milton Keynes Council’s planning department.”

The Parks Trust is in the process of writing to residents in neighbouring estate Willen, on the otherside of the M1, to let them know about the track re-opening.

A spokesman for The Parks Trust said: “We are writing to residents and are very keen for them to learn more about the motocross track so, together with F-15MX, will be holding a residents’ open day in October.

“It’s important to us that the operation of the track doesn’t cause unnecessary disturbance to residents and the terms of the licence will make sure that any issues relating to noise or improper use of the site will be dealt with quickly. We are also working closely with Milton Keynes Council’s Environmental Health team, Thames Valley Police and the Environment Agency to ensure the smooth running of the motocross track.”

The Parks Trust has arranged for the open day to take place on Sunday, October 14 for people or concerned parties to discuss the plans in greater detail.