Future of Thornhill community cycling project in jeopardy because of lack of funding

Daily Echo: Plea to save young people's bike project Plea to save young people's bike project

IT is the Southampton-based scheme that has taught hundreds of youngsters the joys of bike riding.

But the long-term future of a community cycling project is under threat after it lost vital funding from the NHS last year.

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Now organisers of the Dumbleton Park project, based in Dumbleton Copse, Thornhill, have pleaded to businesses in Hampshire for help to save it.

The project started in 2006 and was turned into the first legal ride spot in Southampton. It was originally a disused play area that was transformed through £3,000 of grants from the police and lottery, to build the bike track.

The group, which meets every week, is run and maintained by Southampton-based bike riders, who aim to offer a “safe and legal” riding spot for young people and community groups. They have also worked with schools across the county to promote cycling.

But after losing the vital grant in August last year, which was worth £6,000 a year, the project has had to rely on the profits from DC Cycles in Empress Road where the main organiser Denham Elvin, works to stay afloat.

Mr Elvin, who owns the cycle shop, explained that the rent cost for the equipment is £250 a month, and they cannot afford to keep paying for that plus coach fees, day trips or maintenance. Insurance is paid for by British Cycling.

He said: “I have had to pay for things out of my own pocket since we lost the funding. We can just about get-through this year, but I’m unsure what will happen next year.”

Treasurer of Dumbleton Park, Simon Pickering, said: “For some people it is one of the few safe places they have and it is a nice refuge they can go too.”

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6:26pm Sat 19 Apr 14

WorldCA says...

This valuable asset to Southampton must not be lost. It has been beneficial to so many riders and was inspiration to the Southampton Bike Park.

Please spread the word and let's see if we can save it!
This valuable asset to Southampton must not be lost. It has been beneficial to so many riders and was inspiration to the Southampton Bike Park. Please spread the word and let's see if we can save it! WorldCA
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6:27pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

WorldCA wrote:
This valuable asset to Southampton must not be lost. It has been beneficial to so many riders and was inspiration to the Southampton Bike Park.

Please spread the word and let's see if we can save it!
Agreed.
[quote][p][bold]WorldCA[/bold] wrote: This valuable asset to Southampton must not be lost. It has been beneficial to so many riders and was inspiration to the Southampton Bike Park. Please spread the word and let's see if we can save it![/p][/quote]Agreed. Ginger_cyclist
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9:09am Sun 20 Apr 14

chimneysweep 1234 says...

Close it why waist money the photos are of people who clearly have money close close close please no public money on this one
Close it why waist money the photos are of people who clearly have money close close close please no public money on this one chimneysweep 1234
  • Score: -5

1:10pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

chimneysweep 1234 wrote:
Close it why waist money the photos are of people who clearly have money close close close please no public money on this one
It's for young people you pillock, most of those who go there are still in school, so how do you expect them to fund it? Also, would you rather they shred a purpose built track or carve new trails through woodland areas? This project is mostly to get kids to actually do something fun rather than sitting on video games or causing trouble, it's also open for the public to use when ever they want, so why shouldn't it be allowed to get public funding? Or are you the sort of person who would complain about a new public park being publicly funded? Typical NIMBY attitude, complain about kids making trouble on the street or playing video games and then complain when they get something better to do outside that isn't causing trouble.
[quote][p][bold]chimneysweep 1234[/bold] wrote: Close it why waist money the photos are of people who clearly have money close close close please no public money on this one[/p][/quote]It's for young people you pillock, most of those who go there are still in school, so how do you expect them to fund it? Also, would you rather they shred a purpose built track or carve new trails through woodland areas? This project is mostly to get kids to actually do something fun rather than sitting on video games or causing trouble, it's also open for the public to use when ever they want, so why shouldn't it be allowed to get public funding? Or are you the sort of person who would complain about a new public park being publicly funded? Typical NIMBY attitude, complain about kids making trouble on the street or playing video games and then complain when they get something better to do outside that isn't causing trouble. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: 5

5:14pm Sun 20 Apr 14

downfader says...

chimneysweep 1234 wrote:
Close it why waist money the photos are of people who clearly have money close close close please no public money on this one
Because kids need something active to do, and because people complain when they do stunts around the seating in the precincts. It gives them a place to let off a bit of steam.
[quote][p][bold]chimneysweep 1234[/bold] wrote: Close it why waist money the photos are of people who clearly have money close close close please no public money on this one[/p][/quote]Because kids need something active to do, and because people complain when they do stunts around the seating in the precincts. It gives them a place to let off a bit of steam. downfader
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