Planned Closure of Informal BMX Track on Land Owned by the Dandara Group

24th Jun 2019

The Dandara Group confirms that, with great reluctance, it will be removing the informal ‘BMX track’ located on its land in Tenterden, adjacent to its Church View development.

 

Dandara is aware that the series of mud jumps, located in woodland adjacent to Six Fields Path, is popular with young bike riders in the local area. 

 

However, due to Health & Safety issues and the concerns of Dandara’s insurers, the jumps will be removed by the end of June 2019.

 

Speaking of the closure, Ciaran Downey Managing Director of Dandara South East said, “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the removal of the mud jumps currently being used as an informal bike track on land owned by Dandara in Tenterden.  We have kept the area open for as long as possible but due to health and safety concerns and potential insurance liability, we are left with no other realistic option but to close it.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly but we cannot ignore the safety of the children using the jumps, nor the potential cost to Dandara should an accident occur.  At Dandara, we always strive to support the local communities we operate in and we will continue to look to make a positive contribution to Tenterden wherever we can.”

Speaking of the closure, Deputy Town Clerk Claire Gilbert commented: "The Town Council quite understands Dandara's decision, which will obviously be a disappointment to the town's BMX riders.  However, our Recreation Ground Focus Group has been working with skateboarders and a skate park specialist on an exciting new high-spec skate park, which will also attract BMX and scooter riders. The skate park will be included in the first phase of the development, with work scheduled to start next year."

Dandara’s long-term plan is for the woodland at Church View to remain open to the public and to create a network of paths and a play area in the south-west corner.  Ultimately, responsibility for the woodland will be transferred to a management company established to manage the development in the long-term.