Kilometre-long closed circuit in Hull given British Cycling funding

British Cycling awards £25,000 to help fund a project to build a 1km closed circuit bike track at the Ennerdale Leisure Centre in Hull

Plans for a new 1km closed circuit in Hull have moved a step closer to reality with a £25,000 grant from British Cycling.

The circuit, which will be located at Ennerdale Leisure Centre, hopes to attract 15,000 people each year if it is granted approval.

A planning application will be made to the council this month, with additional parking spaces at the leisure centre also part of the plan.

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Danny Brown, ward councillor for Kings Park, told the Hull Daily Mail: "Only a year ago, there was talk of Ennerdale closing down, but this shows the amount of people who wanted to fight to keep it open.

"People aren't only going to come to this cycle track from Kingswood and Bransholme, but from all parts of the city. We have seen in other parts of the country these cycle tracks have been a real success and it draws people in to these types of facilities, and I only hope it goes from strength to strength.

"There is a real desire and fight to keep Ennerdale open, and I'm delighted about this cycle track."

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The Hull Daily Mail reports that developers behind the project hope to secure more external funding if the plan is given the go-ahead.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.