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Wednesday 22 May 2019

Newman calls for scrambler and quad-bike track facility

A Swords Councillor has been in discussions with officials from the county council regarding the provision of a designated park or track area for off road scrambler bikes and quad enthusiasts in the North County area.

Cllr Joe Newman (NP) believes that there are a number of potential sites that could be used for this initiative. He is of the opinion that the local authority is open to such a plan under certain conditions. There is currently such a facility in the Mulhuddart area.

If such a designated area was available in Swords, it would provide 'a safe place for scrambler bike and quad bike owners to go to and participate in their sport without being a nuisance to the general public', according to Cllr Newman.

The Swords councillor believes there is 'huge potential' to develop the sport in the area.

The problem at the moment, Cllr Newman says is that 'these motor enthusiasts have nowhere to go to practice their sport and end up going to public parks and are riding these machines on public roads and pathways'.

He said: 'Local residents are rightly fed up and worry about safety for themselves, their children and their pets.'

Cllr Newman believes working with organised clubs in the sport is the key to the provision of such a track in Swords. He called on local motor bike clubs who wish to play a part in the setting up of a 'safe and regulated area for off road biking' to make contact with him as soon as possible so that he can set the relevant meetings with council officials.

Fingal Independent

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