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Darley Moor practice days appeal

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: July 25, 2012

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A CONTROVERSIAL plan to hold additional practice sessions for motorbike racing will be considered by the planning inspectorate following appeal.

Derbyshire Dales District Council refused to amend planning permission at Darley Moor Sports Centre to allow weekly sessions for motorbike racing practice, set-up, rider training and motorcycle testing between March and October late last year.

Now though, Darley Moor Motorcycle Road Racing Club has appealed to the planning inspectorate to reconsider the application.

The original application was refused on the grounds of noise and it’s affect on people living near to the race track.

Villagers from Ednaston and Wyaston gathered at Wyaston village hall last week to discuss the proposals with their district councillor, Councillor Andrew Shirley.

Councillor Shirley said: “The noise on both race days and training days is already very intrusive and disruptive to a large number of those resident in local villages, any increase in days will be very damaging to all within this part of Derbyshire.

“While Darley Moor provides leisure opportunities for spectators there is a limit of noisy activity that one can tolerate and this limit has already been exceeded for many.” Darley Moor Motorcycle Road Racing Club were unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.

The planning inspectorate are inviting anyone wishing to make representations to the appeal to do so by contacting them at teamp2@pins.gsi.gov.uk by August 16.

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  • Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  August 02 2012, 10:50PM

    I was going to write a lengthy comment about this subject, but there is no need. I do not know Mandy Hunter but I agree 100% with her comments. I'd be interested to know how many of these residents who object were living in the area before Darley Moor circuit existed? Typical little England, middle class, NIMBY attitude. Maybe you want to get Darley shut down and hope your property values will go up?

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  • Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  July 31 2012, 5:29PM

    We agree strongly with Councillor Andrew Shirley's comments. This type of noise, high revving motorcycle circuit traffic, is bearly tolerable inside our house, and intolerable in our garden. Therefore, any increase in practice or race days would be very damaging to our lifestyle in Hales Green.

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  • Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  July 25 2012, 11:51PM

    I write in support for extra practice days and increase use of Darley moor sports centre. I lived in Snelston for 8 years and my mother and father inlaw all their lives, the noise of Darley Moor was never an issue, In fact my mother in law was a keen supporter of the raceway well into her 80's and relished the idea that young people could use the facilities to enjoy their sport and let off some steam. What the council need to realise is that not everyone wants to sit in their gardens in absolute silence on the weekend and places like Darleymoor must! exist to allow the younger generation to enjoy their sport in a safe and controlled manner. Indeed more use should be made of the facilities of this local gem for example, getting organisations to give training to young drivers/motorcyclists to handle their cars/ bikes at speed and in the wet in a safe and controlled environment. Surely as we live in a democratic country the majority of people who have not complained are clearly not bothered about the increase in use and their silence must stand for something. But as usual the vocal minority call all the shots and the silent majority are ignored. Yours sincerely, Mandy Hunter.

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