'UNSAFE' CYCLE JUMPS WILL GO
Date : 28.02.08
Homemade bike jumps near Leckhampton Hill are set to be removed for safety.Many ramblers, dog walkers and birdwatchers head for the Daisybank Fields to soak in their natural surroundings.
But there are fears that a BMX track used by mountain bikers is becoming dangerous.
Several earth mounds, some as high as 7ft, have been built on the track and are used as jumps by riders.
Coun Chris Ryder, Cheltenham Borough Council cabinet member for quality of life, said it was flattening some of the bigger jumps because they are not safe or stable.
"The fields are there for the public and we want people to be able to enjoy themselves and have a good time, but be safe," said Coun Ryder.
"Cheltenham Borough Council is mindful of legal and insurance liability obligations for the safety of all the public who use Daisybank Fields and the hill."
The area was not intended for mountain biking but hordes take advantage of the steep slopes.
Coun Ryder said: "It's not that we want to spoil people's fun but we have to adhere to guidelines.
"There will be future discussions with experienced bikers to see how future modifications could be built for the enjoyment of all."
Judy Frazer-Holland, chairman of the Friends of Leckhampton Hill said the jumps were a concern.
"Certainly it is something we were discussing as a group," she said.
"We support young people doing exercise and getting out and about but obviously when it causes difficulty to other people it can be a problem.
"Cheltenham Borough Council has an insurance policy and if the jumps are deemed unsafe on its land then it can remove them."