There’ll be brilliant views of 2012 track

Echo: Stunning vista – the open landscape chosen will make the Olympic races easily visible Stunning vista – the open landscape chosen will make the Olympic races easily visible

Hadleigh’S Olympic mountain bike course is set to give unrivalled views for spectators both on the ground and for the millions watching around the world.

The course at Hadleigh Farm is through open hillside rather than typical mountain bike events, which are usually held in forests.

This means the 20,000 visitors to the event will benefit from fantastic views and the world’s media will be able to film the action with ease.

The first completed parts of the challenging course were unveiled last week with elite mountain bikers giving the course a positive review.

Work began in July and is due to be ready in March 2011 in advance of a test event in summer 2011.

The course sits at 84m above sea level at its highest point, and it is as narrow as 1m in parts.

Spectators will be able to stand near the track or watch from a temporary seating area which is to be built for the two-day event, with about 60 to 70 per cent of the course visible from any one point.

Martin Salt, mountain bike manager with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, said: “Hadleigh’s track is a lot different from other mountain biking courses.

“Whereas others weave through the woodland, Hadleigh’s track is almost completely open.

“This makes it a lot easier from a filming point of view and for spectators as the riders won’t be covered by trees.

“There are a few jumps on the course, which will be good visually for spectators, but not so much for the riders as they are out of control in the jumps.”

The track is set to cost taxpayers £800,000, with added spending for road improvements around the venue for easier accessibility.

There have been early talks between landowners, the Salvation Army, and Castle Point Council in creating a lasting legacy after the Games in August 2012.

Stephen Castle, Essex county councillor with responsibility for the 2012 Games, said: “After the Olympics, Hadleigh could provide a good cycle route for the county.

“Some elements of the course will have to be changed to make it easier as the track is designed for elite cyclists.”

Project manager Major John Warner said the Salvation Army would need to look at the impact the legacy plans would have on the farm and would endorse it if all ages were able to make the most of the course.

He said: “If a permanent track does not go ahead, the land can easily be returned to how it was prior to the track within a few weeks after the event.”

A redevelopment of Hadleigh town centre is also set to be one of the lasting legacies.

Mr Castle added: “The legacy track could really put Hadleigh on the map. It will provide the county with a fantastic cycle course and encourage people to get into the sport.

“We are hoping to revamp the town and there will be great opportunities for bike shop owners to benefit from the legacy track.”

Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, said: “Hadleigh Farm is a stunning venue, in line with our concept of a compact Games and it will have an excellent legacy.

“I am very grateful to Essex County Council and the Salvation Army for their hard work in making this venue happen.”

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6:55pm Tue 2 Nov 10

geezer, innit says...

good news
good news geezer, innit

7:55pm Tue 2 Nov 10

John T Pharro says...

Excuse me Councillor Castle how do you arrive at a revamp of Hadleigh because of this 2 day Olympic event. What revamp?
All Hadleigh residents have is a widening of Castle Lane which they did not want. Is that correct?
That Essex and Castle Point are hosting an Olympic event is great, but please answer the above questions.
Gurantee you wont!!
Excuse me Councillor Castle how do you arrive at a revamp of Hadleigh because of this 2 day Olympic event. What revamp? All Hadleigh residents have is a widening of Castle Lane which they did not want. Is that correct? That Essex and Castle Point are hosting an Olympic event is great, but please answer the above questions. Gurantee you wont!! John T Pharro

8:29pm Tue 2 Nov 10

emcee says...

John T Pharro wrote:
Excuse me Councillor Castle how do you arrive at a revamp of Hadleigh because of this 2 day Olympic event. What revamp?
All Hadleigh residents have is a widening of Castle Lane which they did not want. Is that correct?
That Essex and Castle Point are hosting an Olympic event is great, but please answer the above questions.
Gurantee you wont!!
If you are seriously concerned, why don't you write to him in an official capacity and ask for his comments.
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: Excuse me Councillor Castle how do you arrive at a revamp of Hadleigh because of this 2 day Olympic event. What revamp? All Hadleigh residents have is a widening of Castle Lane which they did not want. Is that correct? That Essex and Castle Point are hosting an Olympic event is great, but please answer the above questions. Gurantee you wont!![/p][/quote]If you are seriously concerned, why don't you write to him in an official capacity and ask for his comments. emcee

2:25am Wed 3 Nov 10

Fred26 says...

I'm really looking forward to this event.
I'm really looking forward to this event. Fred26

7:23am Wed 3 Nov 10

el caballero de la noche says...

John T Pharro wrote:
Excuse me Councillor Castle how do you arrive at a revamp of Hadleigh because of this 2 day Olympic event. What revamp?
All Hadleigh residents have is a widening of Castle Lane which they did not want. Is that correct?
That Essex and Castle Point are hosting an Olympic event is great, but please answer the above questions.
Gurantee you wont!!
I am not a Lover of Stephen Castle however comments like this are foolish this is a once in a lifetime chance for the young people of the Borough to actually have something of world wide interest take place in their borough, it will also give other youngsters from the surrounding boroughs a chance to get involved, and Stephen Castle has actually worked hard to make it happen.

It HAS made things happen and brightened the lives of all the 'Special Needs' folk that work at the Hadleigh Colony.

Why don't you look at the real achievements that will be gained before, during and after this event AND STOP trying to achieve some misguided political point.

It is happening, it will happen and 1000's of folk in Castle Point can take part in a 'once in a life time event'

My only concern is for the colony and the 'Special Needs' folk, will they be kept fully involved, will they have adequate security CCTV etc on site because this site will now attract people from far and wide including many Eastern European criminal pick pocket teams that will take advantage of anyone and they will steal from vulnerable people.

Stop being a Doom and Gloom idiot at a time we really do seek 'Good News'

Events are happening in Hadleigh at a time when other area's are having a hard time Hadleigh has something GOOD.
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: Excuse me Councillor Castle how do you arrive at a revamp of Hadleigh because of this 2 day Olympic event. What revamp? All Hadleigh residents have is a widening of Castle Lane which they did not want. Is that correct? That Essex and Castle Point are hosting an Olympic event is great, but please answer the above questions. Gurantee you wont!![/p][/quote]I am not a Lover of Stephen Castle however comments like this are foolish this is a once in a lifetime chance for the young people of the Borough to actually have something of world wide interest take place in their borough, it will also give other youngsters from the surrounding boroughs a chance to get involved, and Stephen Castle has actually worked hard to make it happen. It HAS made things happen and brightened the lives of all the 'Special Needs' folk that work at the Hadleigh Colony. Why don't you look at the real achievements that will be gained before, during and after this event AND STOP trying to achieve some misguided political point. It is happening, it will happen and 1000's of folk in Castle Point can take part in a 'once in a life time event' My only concern is for the colony and the 'Special Needs' folk, will they be kept fully involved, will they have adequate security CCTV etc on site because this site will now attract people from far and wide including many Eastern European criminal pick pocket teams that will take advantage of anyone and they will steal from vulnerable people. Stop being a Doom and Gloom idiot at a time we really do seek 'Good News' Events are happening in Hadleigh at a time when other area's are having a hard time Hadleigh has something GOOD. el caballero de la noche

11:14am Wed 3 Nov 10

DannyK86 says...

Can't wait for this - possibly the only olympic event i'll bother going to!
Can't wait for this - possibly the only olympic event i'll bother going to! DannyK86

3:31pm Wed 3 Nov 10

XdismalangelX says...

the olympics 2012 *yawn*
the olympics 2012 *yawn* XdismalangelX

9:23pm Wed 3 Nov 10

soul man says...

THERE MOST CERTAINLY WILL BE, SHOULD I BE STUPID ENOUGH TO WATCH IT ON TV
THERE MOST CERTAINLY WILL BE, SHOULD I BE STUPID ENOUGH TO WATCH IT ON TV soul man

10:42am Thu 4 Nov 10

John T Pharro says...

emcee wrote:
John T Pharro wrote: Excuse me Councillor Castle how do you arrive at a revamp of Hadleigh because of this 2 day Olympic event. What revamp? All Hadleigh residents have is a widening of Castle Lane which they did not want. Is that correct? That Essex and Castle Point are hosting an Olympic event is great, but please answer the above questions. Gurantee you wont!!
If you are seriously concerned, why don't you write to him in an official capacity and ask for his comments.
I have and told him personally at one of the so called consultation meetings.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: Excuse me Councillor Castle how do you arrive at a revamp of Hadleigh because of this 2 day Olympic event. What revamp? All Hadleigh residents have is a widening of Castle Lane which they did not want. Is that correct? That Essex and Castle Point are hosting an Olympic event is great, but please answer the above questions. Gurantee you wont!![/p][/quote]If you are seriously concerned, why don't you write to him in an official capacity and ask for his comments.[/p][/quote]I have and told him personally at one of the so called consultation meetings. John T Pharro

10:49am Thu 4 Nov 10

John T Pharro says...

el caballero de la noche wrote:
John T Pharro wrote: Excuse me Councillor Castle how do you arrive at a revamp of Hadleigh because of this 2 day Olympic event. What revamp? All Hadleigh residents have is a widening of Castle Lane which they did not want. Is that correct? That Essex and Castle Point are hosting an Olympic event is great, but please answer the above questions. Gurantee you wont!!
I am not a Lover of Stephen Castle however comments like this are foolish this is a once in a lifetime chance for the young people of the Borough to actually have something of world wide interest take place in their borough, it will also give other youngsters from the surrounding boroughs a chance to get involved, and Stephen Castle has actually worked hard to make it happen. It HAS made things happen and brightened the lives of all the 'Special Needs' folk that work at the Hadleigh Colony. Why don't you look at the real achievements that will be gained before, during and after this event AND STOP trying to achieve some misguided political point. It is happening, it will happen and 1000's of folk in Castle Point can take part in a 'once in a life time event' My only concern is for the colony and the 'Special Needs' folk, will they be kept fully involved, will they have adequate security CCTV etc on site because this site will now attract people from far and wide including many Eastern European criminal pick pocket teams that will take advantage of anyone and they will steal from vulnerable people. Stop being a Doom and Gloom idiot at a time we really do seek 'Good News' Events are happening in Hadleigh at a time when other area's are having a hard time Hadleigh has something GOOD.
I am not being political and I am not a member of any political party.
Your comments are a right mismash. Did you attend any of the so called consultation meetings?
I actually support the event coming to Hadleigh. Call me doom and gloom, you think the event will drag in Eastern European criminals, a need for CCTV, possible damage to the colony and concens for the special needs folk.
If that lot isn't doom and gloom what is?
[quote][p][bold]el caballero de la noche[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: Excuse me Councillor Castle how do you arrive at a revamp of Hadleigh because of this 2 day Olympic event. What revamp? All Hadleigh residents have is a widening of Castle Lane which they did not want. Is that correct? That Essex and Castle Point are hosting an Olympic event is great, but please answer the above questions. Gurantee you wont!![/p][/quote]I am not a Lover of Stephen Castle however comments like this are foolish this is a once in a lifetime chance for the young people of the Borough to actually have something of world wide interest take place in their borough, it will also give other youngsters from the surrounding boroughs a chance to get involved, and Stephen Castle has actually worked hard to make it happen. It HAS made things happen and brightened the lives of all the 'Special Needs' folk that work at the Hadleigh Colony. Why don't you look at the real achievements that will be gained before, during and after this event AND STOP trying to achieve some misguided political point. It is happening, it will happen and 1000's of folk in Castle Point can take part in a 'once in a life time event' My only concern is for the colony and the 'Special Needs' folk, will they be kept fully involved, will they have adequate security CCTV etc on site because this site will now attract people from far and wide including many Eastern European criminal pick pocket teams that will take advantage of anyone and they will steal from vulnerable people. Stop being a Doom and Gloom idiot at a time we really do seek 'Good News' Events are happening in Hadleigh at a time when other area's are having a hard time Hadleigh has something GOOD.[/p][/quote]I am not being political and I am not a member of any political party. Your comments are a right mismash. Did you attend any of the so called consultation meetings? I actually support the event coming to Hadleigh. Call me doom and gloom, you think the event will drag in Eastern European criminals, a need for CCTV, possible damage to the colony and concens for the special needs folk. If that lot isn't doom and gloom what is? John T Pharro

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