Carmarthen Town Council presented to the public on Tuesday 21st March, 2017, at St. Peter’s Hall, Carmarthen. The evening was well supported by cycling club members from Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.
The evening was presented by Alun Harries, Town Clerk and Carl Morgan, Building Surveyor with Welsh Cycling's Aled Jones and John Holt.
Alun presented a range of slides from the 1900’s leading to the 1970’s when the velodrome was used for racing. He explained of the facility review British Cycling implemented and the process of due diligence for the facility to reopen and for maximum usage.
Carl presented the technical side of the project showing reasoning for decisions made which needed to be accepted for local authority planning, the listed heritage status of the site and the requirements of British Cycling. Images and drawings were shown and explanations regarding selection of surfaces.
Alun concluded the presentation with the expected opening planned for September 2017. He also outlined how the facility would be managed. This included:
- Bookings to be made via the Park Manager
- Cycling and rugby will have equal status
- No rugby and cycling activities to be held at the same time
- The facility opening hours will be set to accommodate sessions throughout the year
- Rules will be implemented regarding usage by clubs, coaches and riders
There were a number of cycling clubs from Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion in attendance and members of the local community, concluding with an open question and answer session. The main concern highlighted was security, and managing anti-social behaviour directed at the riders that has been a problem in the past. Carmarthen Town Council were aware of this and will be addressing the issue.
Welsh Cycling is looking forward to Carmarthen Velodrome returning to full usage this autumn. For more information on cycling in West Wales, contact Aled Jones Cycling Development Officer West Wales.