Plans to create a new ‘pump track’ sports facility in East Ayrshire are a positive step forward

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A community group in Stewarton has taken another step forward in its efforts to create a new sports facility in town.

Cycle Annick is currently involved in the community asset transfer application process for part of Cocklebie Park on Stewarton Road in Dunlop.

The group’s vision is to build a new “pump track” amusement park with a hilly circuit for use by young people on bicycles, skates, skateboards and wheelchairs.

It will be free and fully accessible to the public during daylight hours and will be managed locally by an organizing committee.

Capital funding for the pump track proposed by Stewarton will be obtained through grant applications.

Scott Mitchell, who leads the group of enthusiasts, said: “After an initial period of community engagement in the fall of 2021, we were successful in securing funding to conduct a feasibility study of our proposal. It has now started and will continue until February 6th.



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Another community consultation period will take place afterwards and will be based on a social media survey.

Scott added: “The group has been asked to gather formal ‘letters of support’ from other community stakeholders to further demonstrate the local desire for the project.

“Some 550 followers have already expressed interest via the Stewarton Pump Track Facebook page.

“As a local stakeholder, we hope that you and/or your organization can support our young people by writing such a letter, saying that you see the construction of a pump track as a valuable asset for health and well-being. be from our community. It has to be returned to [email protected] before February 6, 2022.”

Stewarton’s consultation exercise kicks off as the Scottish Government embarks on a £9million Scotland-wide scheme to provide new cycling facilities.

Pump tracks are planned for Falkirk, Boat of Garten, East Lothian (Ormiston), West Lothian (Balbardy) and Fife (Kennoway) under the Scottish Government’s funding scheme, along with sportscotland and Scottish Cycling.

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