A PLAN to install floodlights at a popular sporting facility in Andover has gained momentum after Test Valley Borough Council decided to add the project to its capital programme.

Andover BMX Club is set to soon get its floodlights and become the only floodlit track outside London and the Midlands.

With the support of Test Valley Borough Council, the BMX club have so far raised £75,000 – including £30,000 from British Cycling – to fund the project.

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According to TVBC Cllr Phil North, who shared the news about the council capital programme, the floodlighting of the track will increase the club’s prospects.

Cllr North said: “I’m pleased to report that at last night’s Test Valley Cabinet meeting, we added a project to floodlight Andover BMX track to the council’s capital programme.

“The floodlighting of the track will increase the clubs ability to host midweek events with the potential to develop a BMX coaching hub for the southern region. Building on the legacy of Team GB’s Gold and Silver medals at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Once complete, Andover will be the only floodlit track outside London and the Midlands - adding to the already fantastic sporting and active lifestyle facilities at Charlton Lakeside.

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