“Illegal Motorcycling”

Ards Borough Council – Illegal Motorcycling Operation Turns Away More Than 20 Away From Lead Mines

ardscouncilMore than 20 people with motorcycles have been turned away from the Lead Mines in Newtownards, in a clampdown on illegal motorcycling at the local beauty spot.

The multi-agency operations, co-ordinated by Ards Borough Council and involving the police, as well as staff from the Council’s Safer Ards team and Community Safety Wardens, were held on consecutive weekends (Sunday 26 May and Sunday 2 June) to help address concerns about noise and safety at the country park.

Parts of the Lead Mines are designated as an Area of Special Scientific Interest because of their geological and industrial heritage and motorcycling is prohibited as it could damage the delicate and protected environment.

In addition, because motorcycling is considered extremely hazardous and puts both the motorcyclists and others at risk, those who use the site informally for motorcycling are not insured, are there unlawfully and at their own risk.

“This is not about trying to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of motorcycling. This is about addressing real safety concerns and protecting a delicate environment,” said Councillor Robert Adair, Chairman of the Council Services Committee. “We will continue to stage these operations and would urge those with motorcycles to think carefully about how their actions impact on other users and local residents”.

A total of 26 people with motorcycles were turned away over the course of the two days.

Anyone who has any queries about the use of motorcycles on the Lead Mines should contact the Borough Inspector’s Office at Ards Borough Council, Tel: 028 9182 4005.

Original Source – Ards Borough Council Website – Click Here

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