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Post  smegger 2010-05-28, 15:55

Don't know how real this is but saw it on singletrackworld http://www.singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/trails-at-woburn-under-threat
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Post  woody1200 2010-05-29, 08:07

it is Hard to say as i saw the same thing .
thay are going to jcb the jump park but that is becouse thing have got out of hand there . os flating it is for the safty of all that use it .
as far as the I Know thw trail will not be afeted by this . but it is just wort keep an eye on thing .
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Post  Jase 2010-06-01, 14:18

Looks like there is a month left: http://www.singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/trail-closures-at-woburn-from-july-1st
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Post  N@th 2010-06-01, 14:39

I've only been gone a year and its all falling apart.....

Any updates on this story? Are they just destroying the jump park or simply closing off all of the "trails"? I mean how could they police this sort of stuff.....spose it would also mean the end of an "official" club like Cyclone....

"Power to the People"...come on demonstrate !! Very Happy

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Post  Jase 2010-06-02, 02:31

You knew this was gonna happen didn't you, and jumped ship!

Well reading from STW it appears they want to close all the trails, although I'm not sure how they would do this as people could still use the ROW's and I'm sure mtbers (not members of this club of course) would just dart off into the trails - how would they stop this happening?

Initially I was sceptical about how true all this was but it does appear to be a possibilty.
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Post  Martin 2010-06-02, 03:23

Have the club been contacted directly about the issue by the Greensands trust?
Do we have a connection with the CTC that we can use to lend support to any efforts to prevent any such closures or restrictions?
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Post  helsbels 2010-06-02, 05:25

Keith the ranger for Aspley is the Big Cheese with the latest info.

Basically the 20yr Access Agreement is due for renewal, Greensand Trust always thought it was end of August but it was actually signed end of June hence if Beds Council and Bedford Estates can't agree a renewal then all access at Aspley, where the Agreement applies to (so not public access on Bridleways) is stopped for July 1st.

Last I heard (2 weeks ago) is that the 2 parties were still in talks.....

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Post  Little Gav 2010-06-03, 05:09

Thanks Helen.

Martin I think I may have to promote you to political secretary Very Happy

Sit tight guys I'm sure it will just be a storm in a tea cup and not worth worrying over until it happens. If not we shall just have to become very inventive with regards to finding new trails & places to ride.
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Post  Martin 2010-06-03, 08:32

lol!

If you want an impatient bumbling old git who is likely to call anyone a moron at the wrong time, you won't need Gordon Brown, I'm your man.


..............................any one got a road bike for sale?!? (sorry for swearing)
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Post  Little Gav 2010-06-03, 09:50

Your'e in Martin.

Sign the form Im sending you please. Nah you won't need to read it Laughing
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Post  jim 2010-06-18, 13:35

i have just had an email from Helen Powell

and it could be a small glimmer of hope

Keith from the Greensands Trust
has said "latest is that the area is open till September"

Hopefully Keith will call me back with more info Very Happy

i will let you know more as and when i get it
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Post  Jase_MK 2010-08-09, 12:46

Anything else happened with this? Do we have any people in the loop? End of August is looming pretty quick!
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Post  helsbels 2010-08-09, 14:46


I did catch up with Keith....

Latest is that it's open till end of September - there are meeting going on in September to try to sort something out

I have said that if Keith needs any grass roots people campaigning (literally grass roots sometimes!) or placards making then let me know and I'll spread the word

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Post  marko 2010-08-09, 14:56

Guys - New to all this so apologies if I am being a Noob -

Why would they upgrade the car park if they were planning to shut down the trails - that sounds counter intuitive (although we are talking about a county council here!)?

Hope they dont shut it down - i am starting to enjoy this biking malarky Very Happy
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Post  N@th 2010-08-31, 22:36

So.....a little birdy told me they are tearing down the jump park trails.....and have allocated a 300 acre area over at Stockgrove and a budget of 110k to spend on developing it?

Any news?
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Post  jim 2010-09-01, 09:00

did you not read the sticky at the top of the forum Suspect

Rushmere Park MTBing.......

we're just waiting for more news Wink
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Post  N@th 2010-09-01, 20:31

Of course not.....Embarassed

Look sgood then ! Very Happy
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Post  jim 2010-09-02, 07:49

the furture's bright.....

the furture's orange !

sorry wrong company

how's it hangin' big dawg !
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Post  speedy_daz 2010-09-29, 16:45

What I hear "D" day is put back to the December 31st

All getting bit of a joke
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Post  N@th 2010-10-08, 00:16

jim wrote:the furture's bright.....

the furture's orange !

sorry wrong company

how's it hangin' big dawg !

Yes all good fella. You still guiding for H?

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Posted some pics here of the ride I did last weekend.....sorry couldn't resist it.

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Post  superflyjim 2010-10-15, 08:51

Just heard of the grapevine that Woburn is safe for another 5 years. Very Happy
They are still looking to build the trails over at Rushmere as well, so standby for some good fast flowing singletrack and some double diamond freeride stuff. pirat
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Post  jim 2010-10-15, 12:33

woop woop cheers
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Post  woody1200 2010-10-15, 14:44

That is breeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelyant i can not wait to get my car back on the road so i can get up there perhaps a night ride is in order Like halloween What a Face
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Post  superflyjim 2010-10-16, 05:48

Here is a copy of the email from Bob Holland


Dear all,



I put in my last note “be in touch in a few days”!, here we are in October.



Politics and management meetings at Rushmere and the potential resolution of biking at Aspley have delayed things.



Aspley woods biking has been almost resolved with the Duke of Bedford – with no changes to cycle access in the woods, and final negotiations with Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes councils should be sorted out in a couple week or so.



With this in mind we do not want Rushmere and Aspley to compete in terms mounting biking but be complementary. We are intending to;



Leave the Aspley downhill and jump management and design (within agreed areas) to the community of bikers at Aspley as we have done in the past, resulting in as now, challenging and innovative jumps and downhill rides. Rushmere will be more orientated to supporting Family Mountain biking, but offering the opportunity to develop skills to a moderate level sufficient to enjoy a visit at Aspley. This would include;



Easy/moderate off road circular routes in Rushmere

Easy /Moderate Downhill and Jump facilities (we are also looking at uphill lifts) in the area we reviewed.

Links for longer distance off road rides from Rushmere to Aspley and Leigton Buzzard and surrounding woods

Areas specifically designed for skills improvement & training.

Trading/Repair

Rider facilities (showers/changing/food/toilets)



Keith and I will be putting together a proposal over the next 4 weeks – we will almost certainly be seeking your input.



Thanks



Bob Holland

Countryside Ranger

The Greensand Trust

Stockgrove Country Park

Brickhill Rd

Heath and Reach

LU7 0BA

Tel: 01525 237760
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Post  Little Gav 2010-10-20, 03:22

As usual..........

storms n teacups
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