THE OWNERS of a popular motorsport site shut down over a planning row have vowed to “keep on fighting” after proposals to reopen were thrown out.

Action Park, at Bonville Farm, Wickford, was forced to shut after Basildon Council issued an enforcement notice in May 2015 against the park.

The site had been operating on green belt land without planning permission for seven years prior to its closure.

Owner Philip McCaul says the closure of his site has caused motocross riders to set up racecourses on public roads.

Footage available on the Echo website shows about a dozen bikers pulling wheelies and slaloming at speed through traffic cones.

He said: “What these riders are doing is utterly insane - they’re closing areas off and using them to race down. Sometimes there can be 30-40 bikes which meet at night, someone is going to be killed.”

The footage shows the group of riders performing stunts at eye-watering speeds in Yardley Business Park, in Miles Gray Road, Basildon.

Mr McCaul and park manager Marie Martin’s latest planning bid was scrapped by Basildon Council in February. However they have sent off fresh plans in the hope to get it reopened.

Mr McCaul said: “One concern was about noise to nearby residents, but we’ve done everything the council has asked” The n park includes an army assault course, motocross tracks, archery, 4x4 driving, clay pigeon shooting and paintball.

John Anderson, Canvey Island Independent Party councillor, said: “If it gets the bikers off the streets, so they’re not upsetting residents in the streets, then park is a good thing.

“But it’s imperative the nearby residents are consulted.”