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Councillor Calls For Nuisance Bikers To Be Punished

Thursday January 16 2014


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MENACING motorcyclists should be dealt with more severely, according to a local councillor.

The noise pollution caused next to South Drive, Bolton, where there's an access point to fields is considered a big issue.

At present the police are allowed to temporarily seize a bike when they're deemed to be causing a nuisance.

However, Cllr Ralph Sixsmith believes there's a need to get tougher on those offending.

He said: "Currently the ruling is that these people have two weeks to collect their bikes but I want the problem to be stopped dead.

"They're menaces and I want to lobby to have those who are breaking the law to have their bikes taken off of them and crushed.

"They've had enough chances and they know their rights by now.

"They wear balaclavas so can only be identified by their bikes and often they're listening to music whilst riding which is very dangerous."

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Reply Posted by Matthew on Thursday January 16 2014 at 09:39
Once again making the majority suffer for the minority.. Little twats on there hair dryers causing noise disturbance and been little yobbos yeah punish them.. By all means.. But don't punish genuine bikers who respect laws and actually have a passion for riding.

Reply Posted by g on Thursday January 16 2014 at 09:41
same old problem counciller spouting on if council found em somewhere to go with bikes it wouldnt be as big a problem get off yer arse counciller sixsmith and listen to all your constituates

Reply Posted by jh on Thursday January 16 2014 at 09:44
Instead of putting stupid rusty comb's up in the town centre why don't you build a purpose built area for them,you could charge them so much for a couple of hours to a full day,you would make a fortune

Reply Posted by cp on Thursday January 16 2014 at 10:40
stupid rusty comb best description ever :)

Reply Posted by T on Thursday January 16 2014 at 15:20
@JH What a guy! Rusty comb! Brilliant.

Reply Posted by paul needham on Thursday January 16 2014 at 09:46
if there was some where to ride instead of countryside walks on old pit sites then you would not have a problem council's have caused this if just one of the pit sites had been given over to bikers there would be no problem if there was a site proper bikers would be able to educate and learn the young one's on responsible riding yes you would still get the odd idiot

Reply Posted by lee on Thursday January 16 2014 at 10:04
yes lets penalise all bikers why don't you some of us are BIKERS are law abiding people that abide by the law of the land

Reply Posted by max on Thursday January 16 2014 at 10:07
The title says it all, menacing motor cylcists! Not to be confused with respnsable riders. A motor cylcle is like a car n used for getting from A to B not for riding around in packs like a swarm of wasps lol. They are a menace and need dealing with. On the other hand parents should be more responsable when thinking of buying said bikes for their young teenagers!

Reply Posted by dedatodd on Thursday January 16 2014 at 10:31
I am a biker, a law abiding one! These 'off' road bikes being ridden anywhere that isn't purposely built should be confiscated and crushed / recycled.
The number of times I am out walking the dog and after move out the way of these fools is ridiculous, some of them don't even have the decency to slow down when going past you!

Reply Posted by T on Thursday January 16 2014 at 15:24
Same old same old. 8 Years ago back in 2006 a few of us tried to get a track built for off road bikes and quads in the Barnsley Area. But what did the council do? Nothing. There are plenty of land owners who have tried to get it passed but failed miserably to the dictators of Barnsley shoddy council. It s a joke. Back in 2006 Doncaster had at least 3 legal tracks I knew of, how come Barnsley cant deliver? Half of out district is old pit-stacks and ransacked land after the mining years. Rant Over.

Reply Posted by dedatodd on Thursday January 16 2014 at 17:21
I seem to remember several discussion / plans around having a purpose built track on the Rabbit Ings, I even picked that option during the consultation period. However I think the residents may have voted against that option (assuming)
It is also worth noting around the purpose built areas that insurance, management of the site, Health and Safety and the monitoring all have to be taken into account. However lets be honest a large majority of the bikes being discussed here and their riders are 1) uninsured 2) underage 3) not fit to ride a bike 4) no safety equipment (helmet, jacket, boots) and last but by no means least the fact that half of those bikes are not fit to be ridden!

Reply Posted by Purple Haze on Saturday January 18 2014 at 19:37
Lets be honest, who the heck wants crappy little fizz fizz motorbikes and quads spluttering around the lovely countryside where decent people walk their kids, birdwatch, walk their dogs, horse ride and so on?
Who wants the noise and pollution behind their homes on Sundays when they are trying to relax in their gardens?
Who really wants to razz around except sad little boys? What decent person would vote to spend money on rubbish like that when there is so much else needs money spending on it?
No insurance, small boys and nicked bikes. crush the lot.

Reply Posted by jh on Saturday January 18 2014 at 20:18
@purple haze that's the point of building a place for them to go it would cut down on illegal riding and crime it worked in Nottingham why can't it work here......oh coz its full of negative arseholes who don't want people to have fun in a sport that they don't like....4 wheels good 2 wheels better......viva la revolution ha ha

Reply Posted by kim on Saturday January 18 2014 at 20:30
Well said jh. You might aswell smash your head agaist a brick wall @

Purple Haze is a regular user to WAB and I have never read a constructive comment yet. All posts are against any change and he/she must live back in the dark ages.Purple Haze stick to your curtain twitching it suit you perfect.

A place for people to ride there bikes away from roads and causing danger to the public will be a good thing. let people enjoy what there choose to do.

I do not own a bike, but would sooner see people enjoying themselves in a purpose build area then bikes driven in parks etc when I am walking my dog.

Reply Posted by Richard on Saturday January 18 2014 at 20:49
Here we go again – this raging against bikers has been going in Barnsley for many years without any understanding of what is needed to prevent the nuisance of off road biking. Instead of punishment Councillor Sixsmith you need to go out and talk to (mainly) young people who are all part of your area and who have needs the same as any other person who might like to cycle, skateboard, play football or cricket but who has been ignored because of prejudice and ignorant stereotyping. Facilities have been provided for all these groups ( skateboarders for example) but when it comes to provide motorcycle parks in the umpteen waste spaces in the Dearne area as could have been done with some of the Objective One money, for example, bikers have been totally ignored leading to the problems we have today. You are elected to listen and understand so why not start with listening to us. Barnsley Motor Cycle Action awaits a call from you. We can be contacted at The Keel Inn, Stairfoot every Monday evening after 8.0 pm. Let us be positive.

Reply Posted by Richard on Saturday January 18 2014 at 20:53
Re last post - sorry MAG meets every Tuesday night at the Keel and not Monday night

Reply Posted by stuart hatfield on Saturday January 18 2014 at 22:57
I would like to extend an invitation to councillor six Smith to address us at the barnsley branch of the motorcycle action group to discuss matters and find some common ground we can build upon

Reply Posted by tank on Sunday January 19 2014 at 00:52
With reference to the earlier post re a bike track on rabbit ings the reason it got kicked in the arse was the local residents of the east end of Royston were pig sick of having weekends and evenings shattered by the sound of quads and motocross bikes tearing round the stack and adjacent railway lines.
Don't give me the line that they have to go somewhere. The residents were there first and didn't ask for the disturbance from bikers. Yes they need to go somewhere, my family ride bikes and hitch up and go to approved tracks..I ride a bike but mine has pedals n makes no noise so I can go up rabbit ings without disturbing the peace...Why does an 8 year old need a bike or quad anyway, round our way it seems just to appease bone head parents. Truth hurts folks.

Reply Posted by Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know on Sunday January 19 2014 at 09:14
Good common sense tank, at this end of town we now have them tearing up Locke Park & surrounding areas. The Old Bill do sweet F.A. about them here too

Reply Posted by @tank1 on Wednesday January 22 2014 at 15:41
You're a narrow minded individual.

Reply Posted by @tank on Monday January 20 2014 at 10:10
Least U av a place to go on ur peddle bike, my kids av a quad n I ain't no bone head its a passion me n my family love to do wats wrong with that? We don't go on sites that's not purpose built but we av to travel a long way to get to 1 a site in Barnsley should b made for safe use on bikes n quads charge a small fee to use it to cover costs insurance etc problem solved then when a place has been provided then yes any problem motorist then shud b punished serverly but ya can hardly moan when other towns have this services but barnsley been stuck in the dark ages neefs a rocket up its arse n provide for every1 in the town n not just a select few