‘Track is needed for town’

NILA 11-06-12 BE 13 Pete Wilson and son Ellis from Ilkeston relaunch fight for a bmx track.
NILA 11-06-12 BE 13 Pete Wilson and son Ellis from Ilkeston relaunch fight for a bmx track.

A father and son team are hoping to reignite the fight for a BMX track in Ilkeston after arranging a meeting with the council.

Pete Wilson has gained the backing of former World, European and British champions in his campaign to get a track for the town.

He said: “I’ve become involved in all of this because when my son Ellis started riding.

“It’s mad that a town like Ilkeston hasn’t got a facility like this especially when there is so much interest and talent.

“A BMX track would put Ilkeston on the map.

“We’re travelling all over the place for meets at the moment, how great would it be if Ilkeston could host its own.”

Pete is one of several people who have tried in the past couple of years to get a track built in Ilkeston.

In April a £150,000 skate park was opened at West Park in Long Eaton.

The project was funded by Erewash Borough Council through a £145,000 capital investment and £5,000 from the Erewash Youth Forum.

Pete added: “I’m meeting with the council later this month, I hope they will receive my ideas and suggestions for where it could go well.

“It’s time this town had something for young people to do to and hopefully this is the first step towards a track getting built in Ilkeston.”

Pete wants anyone who supports the fight for a track to meet at Ilkeston Market Place on Monday June 18 from 6pm.