Action Park, at Bonville Farm, Wickford, was forced to shut after Basildon Council issued an enforcement notice in May 2015 against the park. The site had been operating on green belt land without planning permission for seven years prior to its closure.That's longer than it takes to resolve some traveller sites!
Owner Philip McCaul says the closure of his site has caused motocross riders to set up racecourses on public roads.
Footage available on the Echo website shows about a dozen bikers pulling wheelies and slaloming at speed through traffic cones. He said: “What these riders are doing is utterly insane - they’re closing areas off and using them to race down. Sometimes there can be 30-40 bikes which meet at night, someone is going to be killed.”*shrugs* So long as it's one of the idiots, and not an innocent pedestrian...
Mr McCaul and park manager Marie Martin’s latest planning bid was scrapped by Basildon Council in February. However they have sent off fresh plans in the hope to get it reopened.FFS!
John Anderson, Canvey Island Independent Party councillor, said: “If it gets the bikers off the streets, so they’re not upsetting residents in the streets, then park is a good thing.
“But it’s imperative the nearby residents are consulted.”They are the ones who objected.