Velodrome plans for Middlemoor Water Park in Somerset

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The owners of a water park in Somerset have plans to fill in the lake and build a velodrome there.

Middlemoor Water Park, in Woolavington, near Bridgwater, needs permission from the Environment Agency to make the change.

The new facility would include a 500m oval cycling track - with a lake at the centre - as well as a 2km road track.

The south west does not currently have a velodrome and owner Steve Cox said he was confident it would be popular.

Mr Cox said: "Cycling and triathlons seem to be the new sports.

"I've enjoyed jet-skiing and water-skiing here for 20 years. They've had their popularity and now it's move on or stand still.

"Cycling clubs and the triathlon clubs are just queuing up.

"Currently they're driving to Newport, Cardiff and Bournemouth, but obviously for someone from Cornwall or Devon, it's a long way to drive."

Mr Cox said they received planning permission 14 months ago and were expecting a permit from the Environment Agency in the next couple of weeks.

Earlier this month, Torbay Council agreed to borrow money to build an outdoor velodrome and closed-road circuit at Clennon Valley near Paignton, in Devon.

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