Plans for a new BMX track in Braunton are another step forward after a meeting of the North Devon Council Executive.

Councillors approved the release of more than £75,000 worth of developer contributions from local developments for the construction and project management of the community facility at Velator.

There has long been demand for a BMX track in the area and the idea has been pushed for some years. A public consultation in 2018 showed overwhelming support for the facility, with 84 per cent of those responding in favour of the proposals.

Lead member for parks leisure and culture, Councillor Dick Jones, said: “The trustees of the now folded Braunton BMX Club approached the council with land they owned at Velator, which already had full planning permission in place, asking if the council would take ownership of the land and build the BMX track on the club’s behalf.

“The track will be a much needed community facility, beneficial not only to local residents but also to the wider area.”

Local ward member Andrea Davies added: “My concern has always been that there would be no ongoing financial burden or management responsibly placed on Heanton Punchardon Parish Council or residents. Fortunately NDC has agreed to take on responsibility for future management which gives some security about any sustainability going into the future.”

Rob Flavell, one of the trustees of Braunton BMX Club, said “The club worked really hard to deliver this project ourselves but it became clear that it would not be possible for us to bridge the funding gap on our own.

“We are very grateful to the district council that they agreed to step in and take over the project, including managing the construction and maintaining the facility with ongoing maintenance, litter picking and grass cutting.”