1,150 back Action Park’s bid to stay

Southend Standard: Fighting to stay – Action Park’s James Whitaker and Robert Vickers with users and supporters on the site Fighting to stay – Action Park’s James Whitaker and Robert Vickers with users and supporters on the site

MORE than 1,150 people have signed a petition calling for a privately-run outdoor activity park to be allowed to stay open.

Basildon Council wants to close Action Park, at Bonville Farm, off the A127 at Wickford, because it has been run without planning permission for the past seven years.

The council has issued enforcement notices ordering its closure and the company has appealed against them to Whitehall.

Action Park, which offers motorsports, shooting and an assault course, has encouraged customers to back its appeal by signing the petition.

The companyorganises events for stag and hen parties, charity fundraising events and works with the police to stop motorcyclists using public land .

It also runs an alternative education programme for youngsters who have been excluded from school.

However, the council has received several complaints from neighbours about noisy motocross bikes, rally cars and quad bikes.

There are also concerns about damage to the green belt land.

Park manager Marie Martin said: "We try our best for the community, but we feel as if the council has it in for us.

"We have become a bit busier, so neighbours probably hear a bit more now than when we first opened, but we are willing to do what we can to help these people.

We are going to be spending a lot of money.

“I would like to think the council won’t shut us down. It would be letting down a lot of children.

We have had a lot of support.”

A Government planning inspector will rule on the closure after hearing evidence ataapublic inquiry in July.

RichardMoore, Basildon councillor responsible for planning, said: “Action Park has been operating unlawfully, despite the council’s repeated requests to submit a planning application.

“There have been numerous complaints from residents about excessive noise from unsilenced motocross bikes. The council is also concerned about the impact of the activity on the green belt and the possible highway dangers resulting from the increased use of an unsuitable access on to the A127.

"It was therefore in the public interest to serve enforcement notices to stop the operator from trading.”

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6:42am Tue 14 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

What part of PLANNING PERMISSION dont they seem to be able to grasp??
What part of PLANNING PERMISSION dont they seem to be able to grasp?? Nowthatsworthknowing

6:50am Tue 14 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
What part of PLANNING PERMISSION dont they seem to be able to grasp??
and why did the council take 7 years to act, i mean how long did Action park really think they could last without legality's creeping in, 7 years is a good run, maybe theres a more suited area, towards Thurrock there seems to be miles of open land visible from the A13, or maybe stick it out and get another 3-4 years appealing it(another dale farm scenario for example)
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: What part of PLANNING PERMISSION dont they seem to be able to grasp??[/p][/quote]and why did the council take 7 years to act, i mean how long did Action park really think they could last without legality's creeping in, 7 years is a good run, maybe theres a more suited area, towards Thurrock there seems to be miles of open land visible from the A13, or maybe stick it out and get another 3-4 years appealing it(another dale farm scenario for example) DogsMessInLeigh

10:01am Tue 14 Jan 14

Rich;'Carol says...

This action park is a wonderful day out for disabled children and disabled families and I have sent lots of people their myself as this action park is FULLY INSURED and it has disabled facilities and experienced registered disabled workers there that give there time for free so that disabled kids can have a wonderful day.

I support this action park and will still promote this day out experience for disabled people. What a wonderful place this is !
This action park is a wonderful day out for disabled children and disabled families and I have sent lots of people their myself as this action park is FULLY INSURED and it has disabled facilities and experienced registered disabled workers there that give there time for free so that disabled kids can have a wonderful day. I support this action park and will still promote this day out experience for disabled people. What a wonderful place this is ! Rich;'Carol

11:23am Tue 14 Jan 14

Danman565 says...

I don't believe people should be able to flout the laws to do whatever they want on green belt land, however, this is a much needed alternative leisure facility which benefits the community massively and definitely deserves it's place, and no doubt if they had asked Basildon council for planning permission they would have spent the past 7 years dealing with red tape and appeals at the hands of the council who will only allow the use green belt land for wealthy property developers to build on... Basildon wouldnt do any harm becoming a sports hub, we have moto cross at Action Park, jet skiing at wat tyler, wake boarding and bowling at festival leisure, olympic swimming pool at sporting village, we need an ice rink and an indoor ski centre and it will nothing but boost our image and revenue as an active interesting town.
I don't believe people should be able to flout the laws to do whatever they want on green belt land, however, this is a much needed alternative leisure facility which benefits the community massively and definitely deserves it's place, and no doubt if they had asked Basildon council for planning permission they would have spent the past 7 years dealing with red tape and appeals at the hands of the council who will only allow the use green belt land for wealthy property developers to build on... Basildon wouldnt do any harm becoming a sports hub, we have moto cross at Action Park, jet skiing at wat tyler, wake boarding and bowling at festival leisure, olympic swimming pool at sporting village, we need an ice rink and an indoor ski centre and it will nothing but boost our image and revenue as an active interesting town. Danman565

12:53pm Tue 14 Jan 14

TheWizzard says...

They probably have it down for a housing development
They probably have it down for a housing development TheWizzard

1:37pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Mattster says...

Went there once, very very expensive and not a lot for your money. Wouldnt go back.
Went there once, very very expensive and not a lot for your money. Wouldnt go back. Mattster

2:02pm Tue 14 Jan 14

emcee says...

Rich;'Carol wrote:
This action park is a wonderful day out for disabled children and disabled families and I have sent lots of people their myself as this action park is FULLY INSURED and it has disabled facilities and experienced registered disabled workers there that give there time for free so that disabled kids can have a wonderful day.

I support this action park and will still promote this day out experience for disabled people. What a wonderful place this is !
It doesn't matter if the Queen has tea there or it is a landing site for alien spacecaraft, it is ILLEGAL. It also disturbs the peace and quiet of neighbouring residents. The park owners have, according to the report, even ignored the "council’s repeated requests to submit a planning application". They clearly have little regard for the law or for their neighbours. So, unless they get planning permission they must go, I'm afraid.
[quote][p][bold]Rich;'Carol[/bold] wrote: This action park is a wonderful day out for disabled children and disabled families and I have sent lots of people their myself as this action park is FULLY INSURED and it has disabled facilities and experienced registered disabled workers there that give there time for free so that disabled kids can have a wonderful day. I support this action park and will still promote this day out experience for disabled people. What a wonderful place this is ![/p][/quote]It doesn't matter if the Queen has tea there or it is a landing site for alien spacecaraft, it is ILLEGAL. It also disturbs the peace and quiet of neighbouring residents. The park owners have, according to the report, even ignored the "council’s repeated requests to submit a planning application". They clearly have little regard for the law or for their neighbours. So, unless they get planning permission they must go, I'm afraid. emcee

5:43pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

And exactly how do you damage green belt ? What a Wonker
And exactly how do you damage green belt ? What a Wonker Living the La Vida Legra

7:27pm Tue 14 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Rich;'Carol wrote:
This action park is a wonderful day out for disabled children and disabled families and I have sent lots of people their myself as this action park is FULLY INSURED and it has disabled facilities and experienced registered disabled workers there that give there time for free so that disabled kids can have a wonderful day.

I support this action park and will still promote this day out experience for disabled people. What a wonderful place this is !
Ohhhhh welll thats ok then...hope you have penned a stiff letter on scented paper to whom it may concern at Bas Council chambers showing full support.
[quote][p][bold]Rich;'Carol[/bold] wrote: This action park is a wonderful day out for disabled children and disabled families and I have sent lots of people their myself as this action park is FULLY INSURED and it has disabled facilities and experienced registered disabled workers there that give there time for free so that disabled kids can have a wonderful day. I support this action park and will still promote this day out experience for disabled people. What a wonderful place this is ![/p][/quote]Ohhhhh welll thats ok then...hope you have penned a stiff letter on scented paper to whom it may concern at Bas Council chambers showing full support. DogsMessInLeigh

8:02pm Tue 14 Jan 14

viv200 says...

It's all very well pulling heart strings and saying what a good public service bla bla bla . But how would you like your peace and quite interrupted almost 7 days a week from 9 till 4. As for working with the neighbors, i laugh, as when i visited the action park was told to!! well you can imagine. Thought it had been quite recently. Lovely
It's all very well pulling heart strings and saying what a good public service bla bla bla . But how would you like your peace and quite interrupted almost 7 days a week from 9 till 4. As for working with the neighbors, i laugh, as when i visited the action park was told to!! well you can imagine. Thought it had been quite recently. Lovely viv200

11:48pm Tue 21 Jan 14

picturebike says...

its a great place and many kids get to have the time of the lives there, its well run and would be a great shame to see it closed. As for the noise, it sits between the A127 and the A130 so i dont really see how the neighbours can complain when any noise from Action Park is drowned out but the sound of HGV vehicles and other traffic...
its a great place and many kids get to have the time of the lives there, its well run and would be a great shame to see it closed. As for the noise, it sits between the A127 and the A130 so i dont really see how the neighbours can complain when any noise from Action Park is drowned out but the sound of HGV vehicles and other traffic... picturebike

11:49pm Tue 21 Jan 14

picturebike says...

its a great place and many kids get to have the time of the lives there and the people complaining will have more to complain about when the local kids have no where to do, its well run and would be a great shame to see it closed. As for the noise, it sits between the A127 and the A130 so i dont really see how the neighbours can complain when any noise from Action Park is drowned out but the sound of HGV vehicles and other traffic...
its a great place and many kids get to have the time of the lives there and the people complaining will have more to complain about when the local kids have no where to do, its well run and would be a great shame to see it closed. As for the noise, it sits between the A127 and the A130 so i dont really see how the neighbours can complain when any noise from Action Park is drowned out but the sound of HGV vehicles and other traffic... picturebike

9:50am Thu 23 Jan 14

STEVE0 says...

viv200 wrote:
It's all very well pulling heart strings and saying what a good public service bla bla bla . But how would you like your peace and quite interrupted almost 7 days a week from 9 till 4. As for working with the neighbors, i laugh, as when i visited the action park was told to!! well you can imagine. Thought it had been quite recently. Lovely
THIS IS NOT TRUE MX TRACKS AINT OPEN 7 DAYS AWEEK WENSDAY/THURSDAYS SAT AND SUNDAYS 10/4:30 ALSO THERE ARE STEPS IN PLACE TO QUITE THE BIKES, WOULD YOU RATHER KIDS RODE ON A TRACK ON UP AND DOWN A STREET WERE THEY CAN BE HIT BY CARS !!!!
[quote][p][bold]viv200[/bold] wrote: It's all very well pulling heart strings and saying what a good public service bla bla bla . But how would you like your peace and quite interrupted almost 7 days a week from 9 till 4. As for working with the neighbors, i laugh, as when i visited the action park was told to!! well you can imagine. Thought it had been quite recently. Lovely[/p][/quote]THIS IS NOT TRUE MX TRACKS AINT OPEN 7 DAYS AWEEK WENSDAY/THURSDAYS SAT AND SUNDAYS 10/4:30 ALSO THERE ARE STEPS IN PLACE TO QUITE THE BIKES, WOULD YOU RATHER KIDS RODE ON A TRACK ON UP AND DOWN A STREET WERE THEY CAN BE HIT BY CARS !!!! STEVE0

5:44pm Thu 23 Jan 14

LD2444 says...

viv200 wrote:
It's all very well pulling heart strings and saying what a good public service bla bla bla . But how would you like your peace and quite interrupted almost 7 days a week from 9 till 4. As for working with the neighbors, i laugh, as when i visited the action park was told to!! well you can imagine. Thought it had been quite recently. Lovely
I don't believe this comment was intended to "Pull on heart strings" It is actually a FACT that the team Action Park work closely with disabled and disadvantaged children, which can only be a good thing. If there is work to put in with the council to make this venue legal then they must carry this out. This country needs more facilities like this providing a family focused activity centre, not less, but then it would be a shame to disturb your peace and quiet.
[quote][p][bold]viv200[/bold] wrote: It's all very well pulling heart strings and saying what a good public service bla bla bla . But how would you like your peace and quite interrupted almost 7 days a week from 9 till 4. As for working with the neighbors, i laugh, as when i visited the action park was told to!! well you can imagine. Thought it had been quite recently. Lovely[/p][/quote]I don't believe this comment was intended to "Pull on heart strings" It is actually a FACT that the team Action Park work closely with disabled and disadvantaged children, which can only be a good thing. If there is work to put in with the council to make this venue legal then they must carry this out. This country needs more facilities like this providing a family focused activity centre, not less, but then it would be a shame to disturb your peace and quiet. LD2444

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