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Activity park plan backed by champ

PUBLISHED: 15:31 20 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:24 23 August 2010

MEDALIST: Jamie Staff supports council's plan for more tracks

MEDALIST: Jamie Staff supports council's plan for more tracks

OLYMPIC gold medallist and world record holder Jamie Staff has given a proposed multi-million pound activity park his support. The sprint cyclist has teamed up with Kent County Council to help promote the A2 Activity Park, near Northfleet. The state-of-

OLYMPIC gold medallist and world record holder Jamie Staff has given a proposed multi-million pound activity park his support.

The sprint cyclist has teamed up with Kent County Council to help promote the A2 Activity Park, near Northfleet.

The state-of-the-art facility is to include a 2.8km road race track, international standard BMX track and will be three times the size of the Olympic velodrome under construction in Hackney.

Mr Staff, who is also a former international BMX cyclist, said: "As soon as I heard about this project I was keen to be involved, I'm passionate about getting people active and on their bikes and the cycling park project is going to give everyone in the area an ideal location to do this.

"The planned facilities will create a world- class cycling venue in Kent and will have a direct impact on getting more people cycling in the south east."

The proposal is expected to cost around £8million and the county council submitted a bid for £1.6million from Sport England before Christmas.

Nick Chard, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste, said: "I am delighted Jamie is on board. It is a very exciting opportunity to help develop the cycling park project and raise our profile, both locally and nationally.

"Jamie is an excellent role model and he will play a key part in promoting the work we do, which in the greater scheme of things is vital to helping regenerate the area. This is great news for us."

An original bid to Sport England for £6million was rejected in October 2009.

John Todd, a spokesman for the council said they expected to hear about the latest bid in March.

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