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New Olympic cycle park for A2 site

PUBLISHED: 14:23 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:20 23 August 2010

THE national governing body for cycling in the UK says a proposed outdoor activity and cycling park will help train future Olympic champions. British Cycling, responsible for 14 Olympic medals in Beijing including eight gold medals, supports the plan to

THE national governing body for cycling in the UK says a proposed outdoor activity and cycling park will help train future Olympic champions.

British Cycling, responsible for 14 Olympic medals in Beijing including eight gold medals, supports the plan to include BMX tracks, mountain bike routes and a bridleway on the former A2 site.

The proposal is being developed following a Highways Agency improvement scheme, which moved the A2 to a new location between Pepperhill Junction and Marling Crossing.

Dave Cockram, national facilities officer for British Cycling said: "We believe that the A2 Activity Park plans could make a significant contribution to developing cycle sports in Kent and the South East so we fully back this proposal.

"British Cycling would like to provide coaches dedicated to training local teams and individuals so that young people from Kent could be future podium winners. The idea is to provide a venue for talented people from all backgrounds so they are identified early, nurtured and have the opportunity to progress to the elite level as well as providing everyone a chance to fulfil their full potential."

Public consultation took place in October over three days. It raised a number of key issues, including traffic management, site security and access.

Laurence Tricker, newly-appointed manager of the design team, said: "The recent consultation has helped us take on board local ideas and revise the design so we can reflect local views within the final proposal."

Further consultation will take place in January next year showing the revised proposal, with planning permission due to be submitted in March.

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