Lawnmower donation from Wales & West Housing helps community biking circuit

Photo: (Front L/R) Gary Cook, Wales & West Housing Regional Development Manager, and Mike Nevitt Managing Director Anwyl Partnerships, along with (L/R) Paul Rutt, Alan Overson, Vic Gulliver and Peter Lessiter of Marsh Tracks

Time and manpower spent keeping Rhyl’s Marsh Tracks in tip-top condition has been cut dramatically thanks to the donation of a £3000 lawnmower to the biking circuit.

Wales & West Housing and Anwyl Partnerships, both based in Ewloe, Flintshire, have jointly funded a new sit-on mower to ease the burden of grass cutting at the facility on Marsh Road, a closed-road cycling and BMX circuit which is maintained entirely by volunteers.

It used to take director Chris Allen up to 10 hours per week to cut the grass using a walk behind mover, but this has been slashed to just three hours with the new piece of kit.

As well as easing the physical demands of the task, the amount of time saved has freed up Chris to carry out other maintenance tasks around the site, says secretary Vic Gulliver.

“The sit-on mower has made a massive difference to us,” he said. “Cutting the grass with a walk behind mower was a big physical demand so this has made things so much easier.

“As a not-for-profit community facility we charge very little for people to use the track so when we do need new equipment or funding for repairs we are reliant on donations. We’re extremely grateful to Wales & West Housing and Anwyl Construction for their support.”

Anwyl Partnerships completed a new 41-apartment scheme for Wales & West Housing last year at the former Grange Hotel as part of the redevelopment of Rhyl seafront.

“We’re extremely grateful to Wales & West Housing and Anwyl Construction for their support”

Vic Gulliver, Marsh Tracks

Gary Cook, Regional Development Manager for Wales & West Housing, said: “Marsh Tracks is a fantastic community facility and we’re delighted to be able to help out.

“Hopefully our contribution will make a big difference to the volunteer team who put so much of their own time into running the circuit, as well as to the many community groups and local residents in Rhyl who use the facility.”

Mike Nevitt, Managing Director of Anwyl Partnerships, said: “As a local business, Anwyl Partnerships, we feel very proud to support Marsh Tracks with funding to purchase a new ride-on mower to give better facilities to people using the tracks.

“Marsh Tracks is an award winning and exciting venture for Rhyl & North Wales and the circuit that they have developed is outstanding. The support staff are doing an excellent job bringing youth through the coaching sessions that they offer.”

Marsh Tracks opened in 2008 following the tragic death of four local cyclists on January 8th 2006 in what is still the UK’s worst cycling accident. The facility features a road cycling circuit and a BMX track and its mission is to give cyclists a safe place to ride.

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