PREFERRED sites for pump tracks in four East Lothian towns have been revealed.

East Lothian Council launched a consultation earlier this year after unveiling plans to create the popular tracks in Haddington, Tranent and Prestonpans.

Musselburgh Community Pump Track also held its own consultation for a suitable location.

Across the four consultations, more than 1,200 responses were received.

Whittingehame Drive North was identified in Haddington, while Cemetery Park, in Prestonpans, and Polson Park, in Tranent, were also identified as the preferred sites.

An area beside Musselburgh East Community Learning Centre was also found to be the preferred location.

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Pump tracks are popular with skateboarders and off-road bikers and consist of a rolling track on hills and bends.

Councillor Colin McGinn, cabinet member for community wellbeing, thanked everyone, particularly young people, for taking part in the consultation.

He said: “Having identified spaces of amenity land which were of an adequate size to hold a track, it was essential that these were shared so that communities could comment on the locations and indicate their views on pump tracks more generally.

“We will now use this information to shape our next steps in terms of the design of tracks at the preferred locations working closely with stakeholders.

“Each of the tracks will be subject to a planning application and we look forward to sharing details on this process later in the year.

“We believe that pump tracks are a great, free facility to skate, scoot and cycle at regardless of age or ability.

“It’s great to see such strong support for the proposals from our communities.”

East Lothian Courier: Polson Park has been selected as the preferred location for a pump track in Tranent. Picture: Gordon BellPolson Park has been selected as the preferred location for a pump track in Tranent. Picture: Gordon Bell

The consultation was held from June 24 to July 31.

At that time, three sites were identified in Haddington: Whittingehame Drive north, beside the skate park; to the south of Whittingehame Drive; and beside Wellside and the A6093.

More than half of the near 400 responses preferred land to the north of Whittingehame Drive, with other suggested locations including Neilson Park and Knox Academy playing fields.

Meanwhile, in Prestonpans, locations of Preston Crescent, Cemetery Park, Cuthill Park and Meadowmill were suggested.

A third of the 174 responses picked out Cemetery Park.

In Tranent, five locations were suggested: Polson Park; Meetinghouse Drive; to the west of the artificial pitch off King’s Road; on land beside Muirpark Road and Ormiston Road; and, again, at Meadowmill.

Nearly 40 per cent of the 122 responses selected Polson Park.

Finally, in Musselburgh, three sites were highlighted: Fisherrow Links, BMX track and Musselburgh East Community Learning Centre.

East Lothian Courier: Musselburgh East Community Learning Centre. Image: Google MapsMusselburgh East Community Learning Centre. Image: Google Maps

The more than 500 responses were fairly evenly split with 36 per cent suggesting the learning centre on Haddington Road, 33 per cent suggesting Fisherrow Links and the remaining 31 per cent opting for the BMX track.

Council officers will now progress surveys of the land at the locations to determine the best position before bringing forward detailed proposals and designs for a formal planning submission.

There will be a further opportunity for members of the public to comment on the detailed proposals when submitted as part of the planning process.

The council has set aside £250,000 in its capital budget to support the development of pump tracks in East Lothian and has also applied to Sportscotland for funding.

Full consultation results can be found on the council website.