A petition has been launched to allow Moto X IOW to continue using a track near Brighstone after a temporary stop notice was issued by the Isle of Wight Council.
Officials have ordered organisers of practice days on the newly-created track to cease operations with immediate effect due to noise complaints from neighbouring residents.
The motocross practice facility can be lawfully used for up to 28 days per calendar year, but the Council have deemed activities as ‘unauthorised’. Under the Town and Country Planning General Permitted Development Order, landowners are allowed to use their land for up to 28 days for motorsport; if these are timed races, this is reduced to 14 days per calendar year.
Noise mitigation, access and planning issues have all been highlighted in the Council’s report, despite the site operating within legal guidelines and those of the MC Federation with which the club and track are affiliated.
The land continues to be used for agricultural purposes and despite being in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are no blanket bans on motorsports in these areas. Sport England advise that it should only be restricted when it conflicts with the primary use of the land.
The local community desperately needs this regulated facility. It helps to stop illegal riding on downland and privately owned fields, provides a safe and regulated environment and is located in a sparsely populated, rural area.
Moto X IOW was due to begin a programme for children and young adults in the care system, offering free use of bikes, quads, track and equipment, which has been greatly anticipated by children’s Services and other organisations. However, this has all been brought to a grinding halt.
A spokesperson for the club has said:
“We are currently in talks with the planning authority, highlighting the many positive effects the track facility will have on the community and environment.
“With the announcement of the Diamond Racing event in the local area, we are encouraged that the Isle of Wight Council can see the value and enjoyment that motorsports could bring to the Island community. MotoxIOW offers long term benefits for locals and there appears to be significant demand and support for the track.
“We would encourage anyone who would like to show their support to sign our petition, and wish to thank all those who have already done so.”
Over 1,800 signatures have been collected to date. You can support the petition by visiting https://www.change.org/p/isle-of-wight-council-allow-motoxiow-to-continue-operating-practice-track-days-off-military-road-brighstone-iw.