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Concern over plans for new go kart track in Solihull

LOCALS are getting revved up over plans to build a late night go-karting track on land at Cranmore Industrial Estate in Shirley.

LOCALS are getting revved up over plans to build a late night go-karting track on land at Cranmore Industrial Estate in Shirley.

Solihull Speedway Ltd is asking the council’s permission to covert units on Radway Road into an indoor track with 19 car parking spaces.

Pete Gibson, co director of the company said the firm is bringing a new leisure facility to the area and noise levels were not likely to exceed that of the nearby sub station.

But local residents and councillors have voiced concerns over the proximity of the attraction to residential areas and the loss of potential employment opportunities.

They also fear that the track could be targeting stag parties and groups who want to do laps of the circuit until well into the evening.

Councillor Andy Hodgson (Green, Shirley South) said: “I do have initial concerns about how close the activity will be to residents’ homes.

“I understand the buildings are for industrial use and I am not sure this application really qualifies.

“The area is quite limited in terms of industrial units and I am concerned that these buildings can be put to far better use, to create a lot more jobs.”

The business is expected to create positions for five full time employees.

There will be a maximum of 10 karts on the track at one time and will operate from Monday to Friday until 10pm, Saturday until 11pm and Sunday until 10pm.

Mr Gibson added: “This industrial unit has been empty for some time and there are more units nearby.”

Trevor Eames, secretary of the Solihull Ratepayers’ Association, said: “This activity appears likely to have an adverse impact on nearby residential homes.”

 

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