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Use on private property

Motorbike scrambling often takes place on private property as the bikes do not have to comply with the Road Traffic Act on such land. This should only take place with the owner's consent and not across any public footpaths. 

Information for landowners

If you allow your land to be used for motorbike scrambling and noise complaints are received the Council have a statutory duty to investigate under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. If officers are of the opinion the noise is a statutory nuisance then may result in legal action being taken against landowners who permit the use or where inadequate measures have been taken to prevent access to the bikes. 

If you do allow for your land to be used then you should check this complies with the Town and Country Planning (Generally Permitted) Development Order 1995. This permits an agricultural field to be used for non-competitive motorbike scrambling, for up to 28 days in a calendar year. If land is being used for motorcycle racing, including speed trials, or practising for such events then the use is permitted for only 14 days in a calendar year.

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  • 01304 821199 (outside office hours). Noise can be most disturbing at night and in normal times we offer a limited weekend  out of hours service.  Given the current coronavirus pandemic, and guidance from Government,  this service is suspended until further notice..
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