Study commissioned for Fort William bike track

DRAGON’S GLEN WINNERS 16/11/18 Winners of the £10,000 prize, Fort William Wheeled Sports Society, left - right Nina Cameron, Gregor Muir, Fraser Clark, Corry Muir and Aidan Beltronas. PICTURE IAIN FERGUSON, THE WRITE IMAGE

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Lochaber Wheeled Sports Society has commissioned a feasibility study to gauge support for a new pump track, trials bike park and skatepark in Fort William.

The project would need significant community support to get off the ground so the society is urging people to complete the survey..

Two site options have been identified: the old tennis courts behind Lochaber Leisure Centre and a parcel of land owned by Liberty and leased by Stramash just off the A82 close to Inverlochy Castle. Subject to funding, it is proposed phase one would see a pump track built, with subsequent phases comprising a skatepark and trials bike park.

The project was awarded £10,000 from the West Coast Communities Growth Trust after winning the Lochaber Chamber of Commerce investment competition Dragons’ Glen in November last year. Led by local dentist and mountain bike enthusiast Gregor Muir, the team made an impassioned pitch on the importance of biking in the town and its role in getting more youngsters involved in outdoor sports.

The team now needs to carry out a consultation exercise, which will inform the feasibility study which, in turn, will be used to support funding applications.

An online survey is available for the public to complete. The survey is available at surveymonkey.com and can be found via the Fort Pump track and BMX park Facebook page.