Go ahead for competition-standard cycle circuit plans

Plans for a new competition-standard cycling circuit in South Yorkshire are a step closer to becoming a reality.

Doncaster Council’s planning committee has given approval to an all-weather track near Lakeside close to Doncaster Dome.

It is planned that the site will be managed by Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust.

Doncaster Council plans to finance the scheme by applying for legacy funding from British Cycling.

Doncaster has been selected as a start or finish location for the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire, by which time construction on the cycle circuit should be well underway, the council said.

Cabinet member for public health, leisure and culture, Cllr Nigel Ball, said: “Doncaster is becoming a hub for cycling, with people coming from miles around to enjoy our fabulous rural cycling routes, and the fantastic cycling events we host attracting elite riders and spectators from across the world.

“This project will be another step towards Doncaster becoming even more renowned as a cycling hotspot. Once we have secured the funding for the scheme to go ahead, it will help to encourage more and more people to get peddling and enjoy the wide range of benefits this brings.”