C.B.S. motocross track must clear assessment

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The motocross track proposed for Conception Bay South must jump another hurdle before going to a council vote.

S and E Motorsports' plan would see a course set up on Minerals Road. C.B.S.'s planning committee met Tuesday evening and was informed the initiative must undergo a provincial environmental assessment before the town can make a decision.

A group of motocross enthusiasts get ready to ride on Bell Island in this Telegram file photo. - Telegram photo

The motocross track proposed for Conception Bay South must jump another hurdle before going to a council vote.

S and E Motorsports' plan would see a course set up on Minerals Road. C.B.S.'s planning committee met Tuesday evening and was informed the initiative must undergo a provincial environmental assessment before the town can make a decision.

Mayor Woodrow French said council would wait on the environmental review, as well as other information, before even entertaining the initiative.

"We're still in a holding pattern, for want of a better term," he told The Telegram Wednesday.

Chris O'Neill, an S and E Motorsports director, said he is looking into what's involved in an environmental assessment. He was "pretty sure" he would proceed, unless the process was cost prohibitive.

An estimated 100 people turned out for a public meeting on the dirt bike development Monday night.

Many who live in the area opposed it, arguing it would bring noise and traffic, and potentially threaten nearby farms and wildlife.

"Not one derogatory word was said or referenced regarding youth or, indeed, the proposed facility itself, only the location," said one resident who attended.

Those in favour reportedly argued motocross is a family-oriented sport no different than minor hockey.

O'Neill addressed some of the residents' fears when interviewed by The Telegram. The biggest traffic concern, he said, was more vehicles on Anchorage Road, which flows into Minerals Road. He couldn't see it happening as there's a more direct route.

"After the meeting, we went up and came down Anchorage Road, and just to come that way is an extra three or four minutes on your drive," O'Neill said. "I can't see anybody doing that."

He didn't see noise being an issue, either. He listed numerous reasons why, including the natural, 30-foot-high berm and trees around the property and the fact the bikes are only permitted to be so loud.

"I would imagine there's going to be a faint noise coming from it depending on cloud cover and everything else, but I don't foresee it being anything that's going to disturb anybody," O'Neill said.

French acknowledged there is a lot of support for and against the track. He predicted it would be a "difficult decision" for council.

The mayor wouldn't give his opinion whether or not he thought the project would go ahead.

"I'm not prepared to go out and do anything or say anything yet until I get the (additional) information that I asked for," he said.

S and E Motorsports currently operates on Bell Island. O'Neill said the ferry is preventing people from being involved and they want to relocate to C.B.S. to allow more participants.

sbartlett@thetelegram.com

Organizations: E Motorsports

Geographic location: Minerals Road, Anchorage Road, Bell Island

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  • MXGroupie
    July 20, 2010 - 13:03

    If you actually look at the area being proposed, I can't see it causing as many problems as people anticipate. I spend a lot of time on Anchorage Rd and the amount of ATV's in the area as it is should be taking into consideration here!

    I have attended many of the races on Bell Island and find the ferry to be an absolute nuisance, especially the most recent race when people didn't even know if they were going to get back across to Portugal Cove.

    I also agree that this is a family oriented event, I take my young children with me and my eldest absolutely loves it, even looks forward to going over just to watch them practice.

    I am 100% in support of this proposal and would help in anyway I could to help it get passed!

  • AFR14.7:1
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    'Those in favour reportedly argued motocross is a family-oriented sport no different than minor hockey.' Except for the minor detail of having 100 internal combustion engines brapping and screaming all day long. I can also guarantee you not all these machines will be trailered to the area, many will be rode to the track, whether it be along the highways, roads and behind peoples' homes and through farms from all directions, as the parents will be at work or otherwise such as not owning a trailer or pickup truck. An extra 3-4 minute ride on a dirt bike along the shoulder of the road is considered a pleasure ride. As for the decibel limit (noise) on exhaust emissions, those rules have been standing for dirt bikes, ATVs and snowmobiles (and cars/trucks/street bikes) for decades and decades, but yet many are altered to make incredibly annoying loud noise (for the sake of noise) and the law is simply not enforced like most laws in NL, so good luck with the statement, '...the fact the bikes are only permitted to be so loud.' It means diddly-squat in all practicality.

    Ex-motocrosser

  • YZ250
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    All the best Chris!! I really hope this gets the go ahead. These races are very well organized and great fun for the family!! I fully support a track somewhere close to town!

    For all the complainers, for god sakes theres a full fledge motocross park in Calgary. And we cant put one in CBS??? Come on people evolve with change, this is gonna happen so deal with it