Olympic legacy puts wheels in motion for £13.5m cycle track at Harvey Hadden Sports Complex
THE Olympic legacy is set to live on in the city with the launch of a bid to build a new outdoor cycling road track.
Proposals for a £13.5 million 50-metre swimming pool at the Harvey Hadden Sports Complex are already being discussed – but Nottingham City Council has now asked Sport England for funding to include a cycling facility in the expansion of the Bilborough centre.
The track is likely to be an outdoor closed road circuit, 6m wide and between 1km and 1.5km in length, with a Tarmac road surface.
The grant, which will come from Sport England's Iconic Facilities fund, will also enhance the athletics stadium on the site in Wigman Road.
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Councillor Dave Trimble, city council's lead for leisure, culture and tourism, said: "The Iconic Facilities bid, if successful, will hugely complement the Harvey Hadden development and provide a truly 'Iconic' facility housing first-class sporting facilities for citizens of Bilborough, Nottingham and the region as a whole."
Sport England is investing a total of £30 million into Iconic Facilities between 2011 and 2014, as part of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy of increased participation in grassroots sport.
The city council is working with a number of national governing bodies, sports clubs and other organisations to develop the Iconic Bid.
British Cycling, Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) and English Athletics have all expressed their support towards the bid and the council's plans to develop the site.
The investment already agreed for the 50m pool development at Harvey Hadden will be used as a contribution towards the funding submission, along with any agreed financial support.
Paul Harwood, club secretary at Nottingham Clarion Cycling Club, based at Holme Pierrepont, was delighted to hear about the bid.
"It sounds brilliant," he said. "The problem with cycling facilities is that we deal with a lot of under 16s and a lot of activities are off-road but actual competitive events on Tarmac surfaces are very difficult to organise because there's not many venues in a safe environment.
"At the moment we use the Tarmac road around the lake at Holme Pierrepont but because its shared use with the public it's not suitable for competitive events. Something like this which guarantees you are not sharing the road would be really useful, both for training and competitions."
England Athletics (Midlands and South West) are also supporting the council.
Over the past six months the organisation has worked with the council and Notts Athletic Club to identify key priorities for development of the site.
Area team leader Chris Mallender, said: "England Athletics fully supports the application to enhance the current athletics facility provision at Harvey Hadden Sports Complex as part of a wider Iconic Facilities application.
"The proposed development work at Harvey Hadden would enable the facilities to be upgraded to 'A' standard and would help safeguard high-level competition in Nottinghamshire for the foreseeable future."