New cycling facility for Britain

British cyclists may get a new cycling facility if all goes well. British Cycling hopes to operate an interim cycling facility at the Royal Docks during 2007, with the support of the London Development Agency (LDA). The Royal Docks planning application was submitted earlier this month, and a decision is expected early in the New Year. If planning permission is received, the Royal Docks facility will host a range of cycling events throughout the summer of 2007 in order to bridge the gap between the closure of Eastway Cycle Circuit (which took place in November this year) and the opening of the replacement Hog Hill Cycle Circuit in Autumn 2007.

Discussions on the detailed management of the facility are still ongoing between British Cycling and the LDA, with British Cycling keen to involve its regional representatives early in the New Year to ensure that this facility will be successful. A meeting will be held in mid-January for Regional officials, Club officials and prospective organisers or promoters.

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