Funding has been secured for a brand new BMX bike track in Carlisle.

Carlisle City Council’s Green Spaces team and the Carlisle South Community Group have been successful in securing a grant for the construction of a bike track on the southern side of the city.

The grant, worth £30,000, has been provided by the Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust.

The trust, part of Cumbria Waste Group, provides financial support for environmental and community projects in the Carlisle and Penrith areas.

The “pump track” style BMX course will be built on Dale End Field in south Carlisle.

The announcement of the successful funding was made on Tuesday by Carlisle City Council’s environment and transport portfolio holder, Conservative councillor Nigel Christian.

He said: “Work is intended to start in early summer this year.”

Grants from the Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust are made to environmental and community projects within a 10 mile radius of Cumbria Waste Group’s landfill sites in Carlisle and Penrith.

The trust has provided grants worth hundreds of thousands of pounds in the last few years to a number of good causes.

In 2017 and 2018, the trust gave out grants worth a total of just under £200,000.

Pump tracks are a special kind of BMX biking course, composed of a circuit of sharply banked turns and small steep hills, which although often beginner-friendly, when tackled by an experienced BMX rider can help them create impressive jumps.