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New BMX cycle track planned for Armagh

Plans for the Armagh facility have been lodged

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Exciting new plans for an outdoor BMX cycle track in Armagh have been submitted to planners.

The proposed 4,100m2 site would be situated on an unused green-field site behind the Epicentre Youth Centre on Lisanally Lane.

The application has been lodged by the Education Authority and is expected to be advertised in the next fortnight.

The facility will also benefit from floodlighting and watching riders hitting the jumps after dark would provide for an amazing experience for riders.

Gravel jumps will be positioned along the straights.

News of the project will come as a welcome boost to enthusiasts who have long campaigned of a lack of local facilities.

This new development – albeit at a very embryonic stage – will answer that need and will be welcomed.

There are no associated costs to the project at this stage.

An application for a purpose-built facility in Solitude Park, Banbridge, was approved by planners last month.

This long-awaited and exciting new project – the first of its kind to be provided in the borough and one of only three outdoor urban sports facilities in Northern Ireland – is now ready to get off the ground much to the delight of local supporters.

That facility will also include a BMX track.

And in 2015, Newry, Mourne and Down COuncil passed plans for a similar BMX track on the Camlough Road outside Newry.

The agent for that development is the Camlough-based Design3.

However, work has failed to progress in the intervening two years, casting doubt in the development’s future.

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