Residents' anger as teens turn Quarry Bank coppice into BMX track

Residents' anger as teens turn Quarry Bank coppice into BMX track

Residents' anger as teens turn Quarry Bank coppice into BMX track

First published in Local

BMX riding teens who have been turning an historic Quarry Bank coppice into their own private bike track have left the wood looking like “an area of the Somme” - angry residents claim.

Bored youngsters have spent hours transforming a main pathway through Mears Coppice into their own custom BMX track with ramps and jumps.

But in the process they have wrecked a mature oak tree, various bushes, saplings and yew tree - according to concerned residents and dog walkers, who say enough is enough.

One annoyed Quarry Bank resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “Mears Coppice was a very pleasant place to enjoy, whether walking or riding a bike, but in the last few weeks teenagers have started to systematically destroy this important small English bluebell wood.

“My husband describes it as looking like an area of the Somme.”

Quarry Bank councillor Bryan Cotterill added: “The coppice is beautiful “They shouldn’t be doing this to a public right of way - and cutting down trees is unforgiveable. They should be taught the importance of trees, nature and the countryside.

“They should come and put the damage right. We should not allow those responsible to simply get away with it.”

He did, however, add: “Perhaps we should be looking at providing a facility for these young people.”

Councillor Tracy Wood, cabinet member for environment and culture, said Dudley Council, was aware of the problem and that officers would fill in the holes, tidy up the site and make safe any stumps that have been left .

She added: "Meanwhile our countryside wardens will be visiting the site, and liaising with the police and PCSOs, to remind the young people that they need to respect the area they are playing in.

“Although the area does not have any statutory designations as a nature reserve it is still well used by the community and we would ask residents to report any incidents of vandalism to the police on 0345 113 5000."

Councillor colleague Mo Hanif, who represents Lye and Wollescote, said: “The residents have been very upset about this but I think a compromise has been reached.

“The council is going to leave the ramps - if we take them away they will do it again.”

Quarry Bank PCSO Nick Woods said police would be carrying out regular patrols of the area and added: “We’ve been and spoken to a group of youths using the track they’ve made and told them to use the ramps at Stevens Park in Wollescote or at Black Horse Park in Dudley Wood Road, Netherton, where there’s a proper track.”

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7:35pm Thu 2 May 13

keeley31 says...

If the council pulled their finger out and listen to what kids want these days and made available more skate parks then this wouldnt make residents angry. Also isnt it keeping kids out of trouble doing an hobby they enjoy its not like they are drinking and taking drugs!!!
If the council pulled their finger out and listen to what kids want these days and made available more skate parks then this wouldnt make residents angry. Also isnt it keeping kids out of trouble doing an hobby they enjoy its not like they are drinking and taking drugs!!! keeley31
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1:58am Fri 3 May 13

kensouthall says...

Good on ya kids for doing something positive!
I think the miserable gits have forgotten what its like to be young.
The council should provide local skateparks/bmx tracks for the kids, or shut up.
Good on ya kids for doing something positive! I think the miserable gits have forgotten what its like to be young. The council should provide local skateparks/bmx tracks for the kids, or shut up. kensouthall
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8:33am Fri 3 May 13

keeley31 says...

Totally agree ive been going on at them to provide such things instead of wasting money on stupid huts for parks they obviously havent a clue what kids enjoy these days!
Totally agree ive been going on at them to provide such things instead of wasting money on stupid huts for parks they obviously havent a clue what kids enjoy these days! keeley31
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10:03am Fri 3 May 13

kiaorakiwi says...

I remember growing up in Stourbridge. I got told off for skateboarding on the footpath so I went to the nearest school, where I got chased off by the caretaker. I then went down the park where I got verbal abuse from a policeman! This left me the option of, er, er, let me think, er, hold on a minute, er, ah sod it, I give up!
I remember growing up in Stourbridge. I got told off for skateboarding on the footpath so I went to the nearest school, where I got chased off by the caretaker. I then went down the park where I got verbal abuse from a policeman! This left me the option of, er, er, let me think, er, hold on a minute, er, ah sod it, I give up! kiaorakiwi
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1:56am Sat 4 May 13

dudley old boy says...

If they ban this they should also ban all cycling,as for the man who describes it as looking like an area of the Somme,well really you should be ashamed of yourself comparing youths playing, to the slaughter of young men.
If they ban this they should also ban all cycling,as for the man who describes it as looking like an area of the Somme,well really you should be ashamed of yourself comparing youths playing, to the slaughter of young men. dudley old boy
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8:51pm Sat 4 May 13

Snowster says...

The kids that have been digging in this area have only contributed to the dirt jumps that have stood in this coppice for over 25 years. The jumps are not on the main path through this wooded area and only run alongside the main path but over 20 ft away.
However, the cutting down of trees is not acceptable, what is more concerning is how these 'youths' have access to a chainsaw!
These kids aren't 'bored', by digging and then riding these jumps not only gives them a sense of achievement, but also somewhere to ride there bikes. Like what has been said before, it's better than them hanging around the streets, causing trouble, doing drugs or causing petty crimes.
There should be more done by the council to encourage and help these kids get what they are trying to achieve by making a local 'pump' track which is suited to bmx bikes. The skate park in Stevens park is more suited to scooters and skateboard rather than bmx s.
It's time the council pulled their finger out.
The kids that have been digging in this area have only contributed to the dirt jumps that have stood in this coppice for over 25 years. The jumps are not on the main path through this wooded area and only run alongside the main path but over 20 ft away. However, the cutting down of trees is not acceptable, what is more concerning is how these 'youths' have access to a chainsaw! These kids aren't 'bored', by digging and then riding these jumps not only gives them a sense of achievement, but also somewhere to ride there bikes. Like what has been said before, it's better than them hanging around the streets, causing trouble, doing drugs or causing petty crimes. There should be more done by the council to encourage and help these kids get what they are trying to achieve by making a local 'pump' track which is suited to bmx bikes. The skate park in Stevens park is more suited to scooters and skateboard rather than bmx s. It's time the council pulled their finger out. Snowster
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