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Clyne and Clyne Riders, the story so far
« on: June 01, 2012, 12:36:53 AM »
Just to explain why Clyne is in a state of flux, may I present…

Clyne and Clyne Riders, the story so far…

The chain driven safety bicycle is invented by the English engineer Harry John Lawson, the modern bicycle as we know it is born.
Some time after this, Clyne Valley may have seen the first tyre prints of the early two wheeled off road pioneers.

1940s to 1960s
The earliest forms of off road cycling are born, some accounts speak of cycling in Clyne Valley as early as the 1950s.

1970s and 1980s
Riders of BMX and early mountain bikes are drawn to Clyne. Clearing Gypsy’s Dip on your Raleigh Grifter becomes a rite of passage. Early jumps and trails are built in Clyne.

1990s to 2000s
As mountain biking becomes increasingly popular, a network of unofficial trails is built in Clyne Valley Country Park, catering for all aspects of mountain biking, cross country, downhill, freeride, northshore and the jewel in Clyne’s crown, Clyne and Moos dirt jump trails.

The land owner of Clyne Valley Country Park, City and County of Swansea (the local council), turns a blind eye to riding and trail building in Clyne, until…

January 2009
Local riders on the MTB Pigs web forum are approached by City and County of Swansea’s cycling officer, Rob Wachowski, who wants to be shown around Clyne. Rob explains that the Council can no longer turn a blind eye to mountain biking in Clyne, but would rather develop and give consent to the facilities than destroy them.

Rob Wachowski is shown around Clyne, and makes it known that the Council is willing to keep the trails and jump areas, but will not allow the building of wooden “Northshore” style obstacles. The first trade off is made, and riders agree to stop building any new Northshore.

September 2009
Plans are made to make the trails and dirt jump areas recognised by City and County of Swansea. A combination of volunteers and contractors are to make improvements and sign post the trails, with the help of a grant from Better Woodlands for Wales.

The first plans are announced on the MTB Pigs forum:
Trail Building 
The council wants 6km of new mtb trails to be built. The plan, decided on last night, was to develop an all weather, intermediate level, waymarked loop/loops that would link with, but not interfere with, the existing trails. Within the trail development will be; a new climb section from the pond area to the top fire road, a new downhill section running close to the keepers cottage bridal way over the river and under the tunnel and development of the 'river run' trail. The existing bridal way over the tip would be utilized along with the top fire road to create 2 loops (green & blue/red levels) The plan also leaves room for more advanced level trail sections to be built and improvement (armoring & drainage etc.) of existing trails (red/black runs).

Dirt Jumps 
Formalising and development of the 2 main Dirt Jump areas including new lines on bith sites, signage and litter bins etc. The sites would be able to host major contests - there is approval for 2/year apparently

Pump Track 
Development of the little BMX track into something worth riding 

May 2010
Clyne Riders constituted group is formed to represent all cyclists in Clyne to consult with City and County of Swansea on the development of cycling in Clyne Valley Country Park. The aim of the group is to advise the council on what to build, source suitable contractors and maintain the trails in the future.

June 2010
The contract to build the new trails is put out to tender.

August 2010
Rowan Sorrell’s Back on Track are awarded the contract to build the new trails and to develop Moos and Clyne jumps. Work starts at the end of the month.

September 2010
City and County of Swansea give the go ahead for work to start in Clyne.
The trouble starts — due to objections to the work, Back on Track are taken off site before the work can be completed, leaving Clyne Jumps and the XC trails incomplete. It transpires that City and County of Swansea have prematurely authorised work to start on the trails. The project is put on hold until the appropriate consultations, surveys and planning applications are put in place. 

October 2010
City and County of Swansea hold a consultation meeting at Clyne Farm. The meeting is intended to inform all user groups and residents around Clyne Valley Country Park about the Clyne Valley Management Plan, but is dominated by questions and objections to work on the mountain bike trails.
Representatives of CCS Parks Department perform well at the meeting, the objectives of the Clyne Valley Management Plan are communicated to users and residents, objections and concerns are answered.

The mountain bike trails, Clyne Jumps and Moos will now need archaeological and environmental impact surveys in order for planning permission to be granted and the project completed. This may take some time… 

November 2010 to April 2011
…No progress on surveys and planning applications…

May 2011
The BMX Pump track is built by Dragon Downhill, the project is arranged by Killay Community Council and CCS Development and Outreach Team, with funding from Sport Wales. Clyne Riders are not involved with the design and building of the track, but agree to help with future maintenance.

…No progress on surveys and planning applications…

June 2011
Bad news — City and County of Swansea announce a stop to all riding and digging at Moos and Clyne jumps until planning is approved, with the threat of the possible removal of both sites unless the riding community complies. The riders co-operate and help to temporarily decommission the jumps. At this point we are told that planning would probably take another three months.

August 2011
BMX Pump track is officially opened.

…No progress on surveys and planning applications…

February 2012
City and County of Swansea inform Clyne Riders that the environmental survey has not been favourable for Moos Trails, and that CCS will not be applying for planning permission for Moos.

March 2012
In desperation riders lift the voluntary riding ban at Moos.

April 19th 2012
Things start to come to a head — without any consultation with Clyne Riders, CCS send excavators into Moos and Clyne jumps. A small number of protesters mobilise and head towards Moos fearing the worst, that City and County of Swansea are going to demolish the trails. Part of Moos is flattened, to stop the trails being ridden, and a trench to stop Clyne jumps being ridden is re dug.
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