A TOP mountain bike track and dirt jumps are set to be built in Clayton West in the next few months.
Youngsters could soon be performing daring aerial tricks after a two year campaign for a dedicated site at the old Park Mill Colliery, off Wakefield Road, was given the green light.
The course will cater for a range of abilities and include expert level full size dirt jumps.
Campaigner and biker, Tom Greenwood, 17, said they planned to build 6ft kickers with 25ft gaps.
The Shelley College student, said :
“Me and my brother and a couple of friends made a scale model of the track and passed that to (Kirklees) planning and we have come up with an idea of how we’re going to fit it onto the land.
“They are going to bring some JCBs in and put dirt where we want and then we can shape it.
“We’re building two tracks – dirt jumps and a sort of race track.
“We’re hoping it will be good enough to host competitions.”
Tom’s dad, Neil Greenwood, 50, who spoke at several council meetings and helped with the planning, said he was pleased the council was finally throwing its weight behind the sport.
Mr Greenwood, said his two lads, Tom, and younger brother Matt, 15, were experts at advanced aerial tricks, such as 360-degree spins, table tops and back flips.
He said: “They used to use a place in Cliffe Woods in Clayton West but a lot of people complained.
“I went out there once and saw an old couple planting bluebells on their jumps to stop them using it.
“They just wanted somewhere they could build some jumps where they wouldn’t be turfed off.
“A lot of these kids are the forerunners of this sport.
“They’ll try things and test them out. “When they build these jumps they get the angles right for the take-offs, I don’t know how they know?”
John Fletcher, Kirklees Council’s Head of Culture and Leisure, backed the plan and said he hoped another track would be built in Holmfirth in conjunction with the Holme Valley Wheelers.
He said: “We want to build them something challenging that they can enjoy.
“We’re lucky enough to have an expert in this sort of biking that works for us as a digger driver in our landscaping team.
“He will go up there and sculpt the track and the fine tuning of the jumps will be up to the kids.
“We will be on to it as quickly as we can,” he added.