track near Burnham-On-Sea seeks extension to race days
Oaktree Arena speedway track is seeking permission to extend the
days on which it can hold bike races following a summer of wet
weather causing cancellations - but the proposals have led to
some concerns about extra noise.
Speedway has applied to Sedgemoor District Council to hold meetings
six times a year on another weekday evening besides Fridays.
track is seeking the changes to allow alternative race nights
to be held on Wednesdays when the opponent's race night is also
on a Friday, when no other Friday is available, or when fixtures
are cancelled due to poor weather.
many speedway fans are in favour of the proposals, saying the
meetings attract extra visitors and income into the Burnham-On-Sea
area, some local residents have expressed concerns about noise.
resident Maureen Phillips has written to the council, stating:
"I am content for them to hold a meeting on another day of
the week to allow them to clear a backlog of meetings that have
been rained off. This year, the weather has been unprecedented."
I do not want a situation where the planning has been changed
to allow them to hold two meetings a week. This will become the
accepted 'norm' and we, the neighbours, will have to put up with
noise on two evenings in any seven days. Is there some temporary
measure that could allow changes for this year only? I should
not want permission to be in place for the arrangement to continue
into another year."
Environmental Health Officer has recommended the application be
approved with the restriction that no more than two consecutive
speedway meetings are held without a break of at least 14 days
to "minimise noise disturbance on local residents."
are being sought by the district council's planning department
from all interested parties up until August 21st.