Apex Preservation Group opposes BMX park development
gathered at a meeting in Highbridge this week to air their concerns
about the potential sale of Burnham's BMX Park to holiday firm
new organisation called the Apex Preservation Group has been formed
to campaign against the development of the site at Apex Park.
comes after we reported here
that Sedgemoor District Council had admitted the proposals, but
said that there are no plans to build housing on the site, but
to refurbish and extend the existing ranger building with upgraded
public toilets, an extended meeting room and a new café
facility. Bourne Leisure would be granted a 50-year ground lease
on the existing site.
week's meeting, held at Morland Hall, was attended by a dozen
resident and former councillor Helen Groves, who led the meeting,
said: "Everyone is supportive of the BMX Club - there is
a lot of goodwill in the community for this organisation and everyone
wishes to see a positive way for the club to develop and thrive.
It was felt to be important that it should be very clear that
any concern about the land is separate to the BMX Club and its
was concern that this proposal, along with the permissions for
the Delta site and issues already existing over boundary maintenance,
represent an increasing and worrying encroachment onto the Apex
Park, which significantly impacts its current and future use to
pictured, added: "There is great concern regarding
any proposal which would see a transfer of ownership, either by
lease or sale of RLT1 land, at Apex Park. Doing so for commercial
development, be that business or other use, would by the nature
of the development, render the land no longer suited for RLT1
use at any future point. As such, it must be considered whether
by lease or sale as gone forever to public recreational uses."
It was agreed that the new group would look to apply for village
green status, though all agreed that it is important to work with
other parties to find a solution to the issue.
added: "It was agreed to formalise the group for this purpose.
It will now operate as the Apex Preservation Group, which is not
intended to replace or otherwise interfere with the Friends of
Apex as all agreed that they fill a very important role and are
valued. This is a group that has a sole focus of addressing the
concerns of the community in relation to proposed development
and reduction of the park area."
Lynne Hutchinson agreed to act as a point of contact/spokesperson
for the group moving forwards.
group is to hold another public meeting soon when Sedgemoor Distrrict
Council, Bourne Leisure and the BMX Club will be invited.