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Black Duck Moto Park has closed for business

GATES CLOSED: Owner of Black Duck Valley Moto Park, Steve Langdon, re-opened the gates for business on June 9. Now it’s closed again, maybe for good.
GATES CLOSED: Owner of Black Duck Valley Moto Park, Steve Langdon, re-opened the gates for business on June 9. Now it’s closed again, maybe for good. Contributed

JUST months after new owner Steve Langdon opened the gates on Black Duck Valley Moto Park, the business is closed, and this time it could be forever.

As the dust begins to settle, an angry Mr Langdon has taken aim at Lockyer Valley Regional Council, claiming a mix of errors and interference brought the business down.

Key among his complaints is the lack of a permanent entrance to the facility, which is actually "landlocked" by surrounding properties.

BLACK Duck Valley Moto Park has closed its gates for the final time and owner Steve Langdon has no doubt as to the cause of the park's demise.

Less than six months after the park re-opened for use on June 9, Mr Langdon said access issues and what he described as "constant meddling" by Lockyer Valley Regional Council on minor compliance issues had brought about the ultimate closure of the park, which ceased operation on Wednesday, November 7.

Mr Langdon said the main issue had been about access to the park. A former business partner who owned the front block that provided access to the park under the Development Approval (DA1817), resigned from the business and blocked access to the park.

But Mr Langdon laid the blame squarely at the council who he said had not been able to provide access to the park since the resignation of the business partner who owned the front block.

"I cannot divulge why I know this, but I am on good authority to state that the council have erred in their judgement in making the decision to close the access road and that a different approach should have been enacted, which would have allowed my business to continue," Mr Langdon said.

Mr Langdon also said he would approach the Crime and Misconduct Commission in an attempt to gain answers as to who, in his opinion, "sanctioned the whole affair to have the park destroyed".

A spokesman for the council said a number of compliance issues surrounding the Black Duck Moto Park facility had been ongoing for a number of years. He said the council had done all it could to assist the various owners of the property by determining development within the parameters of all relevant legislation.

Topics:  motorbike, track closure


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