Future of the Ranmore BMX Track – Latest news from Mole Valley District Council
On 8 and 22 March 2022 respectively, Mole Valley District Council’s Scrutiny Committee and Cabinet will consider a recommendation to approve in principle the proposal for a newly established Community group, Friends of Ranmore Nightingale Bike Track, to manage and develop the Ranmore BMX and Mountain Bike Park in Dorking.
In 2021, it had been recommended that Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) enter into an agreement with a local mountain bike organisation to manage and maintain the MVDC-owned Ranmore BMX site. In June that year, informed by feedback from key stakeholders, it was agreed that more time and further detailed work was required before the management and maintenance of the site could be decided.
MVDC has, this year, received an outline proposal from a new Community group, ‘Friends of Ranmore Nightingale Bike track’ (Friends RNB) to manage and maintain the free-to-use site, in addition to protecting and enhancing the local natural habitat. Friends RNB consists of local residents and Mole Valley Cycling Forum members.
Friends RNB intend to build a base of volunteers in order to manage and maintain the site effectively and to implement its plans by way of grant funding, with no financial assistance from MVDC. The group propose to protect the ecology on-site by way of studies being taken at seasonal intervals; the results of which would inform any such future development so that those plans support the surrounding nature. If agreed, they would be asked to progress their proposals, with a view to being given a 5 year initial term.
Councillor David Draper, Cabinet Member for Leisure & Tourism, said: “Through all the work carried out last year concerning the Ranmore BMX site, it is clear there are a lot of people very passionate about the future of this site. We want to find the best way forward and this new proposal from Friends RNB could very well be the solution. If agreed, we will work with Friends RNB to provide advice and support over the five year terms where required, all the time maintaining responsibility for the health and safety at the site.”