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Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club welcomed Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council Planning Committee’s unanimous rejection of the proposed 96-acre super cemetery, on the Ulster Grand Prix Circuit.
photo: Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club, The Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club, and local Dundrod residents pictured outside Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council’s Office following its unanimous rejection of the proposed 96-acre super cemetery, on the Ulster Grand Prix Circuit.
Des Stewart, Chairman of the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club, said there had been a groundswell of opinion against the cemetery among race fans: “More than 3,000 objection letters to the plans were handed over to Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council in 2016, signed by The Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club, the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club, promoters of the Grand Prix and the vast majority of local residents, who were united in their opposition to the planned cemetery site on Quarterland Road, Dundrod.
“Race fans far and wide felt so strongly about the impact these plans could have on this international event that they launched a ‘Don’t Bury the UGP’ petition, which has been supported by motorcycle fans around the world.”
The Ulster Grand Prix is one of the biggest annual outdoor events in Northern Ireland, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from across the world. The economic impact is significant; spectator spend alone generates an estimated £2.5 million every year, and there are more than 10,000 commercial bed nights.
“The sheer volume of objections to the unpopular planning application and the packed gallery at today’s hearing, demonstrates the support and important social, cultural and economic impact the Ulster Grand Prix has in the area and to Northern Ireland tourism,” Mr Stewart added.
The inherent conflict between the economic benefits of the cemetery proposal and the existing benefits of the Ulster Grand Prix road racing event were weighed up by The Council Planning Committee and it was concluded that after the construction phase of the cemetery, economic benefits would be limited.
Apart from the potential negative impact the proposed cemetery might have on the Ulster Grand Prix, the application was also rejected on the basis that the nature, scale and lifespan of the proposed development is considered excessive and unacceptable.
The consultation process did not secure support from surrounding councils and it was not demonstrated that the additional burial capacity is required to meet the needs of the council area.
Lending his support Alderman James Tinsley, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council said: “Dundrod sits within my constituency, I am in total agreement with local residents and Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club that this plan is not viable.
“From day one local residents told the applicant in no uncertain terms that the proposal was not acceptable to them, due to the unsuitability of the site, road infrastructure, the area’s propensity for inclement weather and the harm it would cause to the local area and community.
“A super cemetery in this area is not compatible locally with farming, it would destroy the character of the local Dundrod village and since the application has gone in we’ve had two fatalities on the roads here, which are usually the first to be closed during snowfall in the winter months.”
Noel Johnston, UGP Clerk of the Course added; “We are pleased with the unanimous decision taken today by The Council Planning Committee to reject the cemetery in favour of the planning officers’ recommendation for refusal.
“I’d like to thank all of our stakeholders including the race fans and local residents who worked very hard to achieve this positive outcome for everyone but especially the Ulster Grand Prix.”
Tue Oct 2 2018
Bike Week 2018 gets underway next Sunday, so make sure you check out the packed schedule to see what's happening every day.
As well as all of the on track action there will be quizzes, grass track racing, motorcycle convoys and much more!
Road closure Times
UGP Practice: Wednesday 8th August Roads closed 10.00am - open by 9.30pm
UGP Practice & Races: Thursday 9th August Roads closed 10.00am - open by
UGP Races: Saturday 11th August Roads closed 9.30am - open by 8.30pm
Mon Jul 30 2018
The draw for the 2018 Annual Ballot took place the recent Annual
First prize, winning 2 MCE UGP VIP Hospitality Tickets:
R Blair, Templepatrick
Second prize, winning a cheque for £250:
D McCourt, Stoneyford
Third prize, winning the Maxwell Freight Services Corgi Replica:
R G Chambers, Banbridge
Fourth prize, winning a cheque for £150:
McNally & Co, Greystones
Fifth prize, winning 2 MCE UGP Bike Week wristbands:
J O’Toole, Ballymun
Sixth prize, winning a cheque for £100:
D Young, Budore.
Well done everyone! All prize winners have been notified.
Thu May 3 2018
By now, most of you will have received your renewal envelope in the post. Membership this year entitles you to the Enamel Lapel Badge, Sew- On Patch, Car Sticker and Race Card. The membership fee for 2018 remains at £15.00stg or €18.00 euro and you now have a number of ways you can pay your membership:-
Return your membership form along with payment in the return envelope in your pack.
Pay in person at the UGPSC Stand at the Northern Ireland Festival of Motorcycling.
Call into the Club Trailer during UGP Bike Week.
The hassle-free way of ensuring your membership is paid each year and as soon as your bank honours the Direct Debit your membership pack will be sent to you. A Direct Debit mandate has been included in the Membership envelope for your convenience.
Also included in your pack is a book of 10 tickets for our 2018 Grand:
Annual Prize Draw. We have six fabulous prizes to give away this year.
To be in with a chance to win please return your ticket stubs as soon as possible as the draw takes place this year at our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 12 April 2018.
Wed Jan 31 2018
Just a few weeks after another record-breaking year at the MCE Ulster Grand Prix, organisers have announced that Bike Week 2018 will take place between 5th – 11th August.
Practice sessions for the MCE UGP will take place on Wednesday 8th August and the morning of Thursday 9th August, followed by racing that afternoon and on the main race day, Saturday 11th August.
The 2018 dates are subject to formal agreement by the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (UC) which will be confirmed at their upcoming inter centre conference.
Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston, has also confirmed that there are some changes on the way for 2018.
Tue Sep 19 2017
Have you got your tickets for the 2017 MCE Ulster Grand Prix?
Sun Jul 2 2017
The draw for the 2017 Ballot was made at the Annual General Meeting. The draw was made this year by Club Registrar, Menai Pinkerton, and the results are as follows:-
First - Erin Reid
Second - Sarah Rowan
Third - C Bratty
Congratulations to all of the prizewinners, who will be contacted individually.
Thank you to all who supported the Annual Ballot. The Ballot is a very important source of revenue for the club and without your support we would be unable to honour our financial input to the Ulster Grand Prix.
Wed Apr 19 2017
Don't forget to call at our stand. You can save on postage by joining or renewing your membership at the show and collect your membership pack on the day.
We look forward to seeing you there.
The 2017 N.I Motorcycle Festival will include all the top motorcycle manufacturers and dealers who will be exhibiting their latest range of road bikes, quads and motocrossers. The motocross village will be back again with all the latest motocross bikes plus motocross gear and off road motorcycle clubs with all the information on how to get involved.
On Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th, World Superbike legend and "King of the Jungle" CARL FOGARTY will make a special guest appearance. A four-time WSBK Champion, Carl is renowned for his pure road racing exploits at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix and a must not miss at this year's festival.
Outside activities will include Supermoto Racing, Drifting and Stunt Shows from THE PURPLE HELMETS that will wow the crowds with full on displays and demonstrations.
Wed Feb 1 2017
The MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix will host Northern Ireland’s only launch of road racing star Ian Hutchinson’s autobiography on Saturday 3rd December at the new Charles Hurst BMW Motorrad Showroom on the Boucher Road in Belfast.
The record-breaking Yorkshire-man who is the reigning MCE Ulster Grand Prix Man of the Meeting and one of the sport’s biggest stars will be at the event to meet and greet fans and sign copies of his acclaimed new book.
Hutchy will participate in a live Q&A followed by book signings at 10.30am and again at 1.00pm.
Tue Nov 29 2016
Many of you will be aware that over 3,600 letters of objection to the proposed planning application for a cemetery adjacent to Ireland's Corner, have been received by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Planning Department. The Council recently placed this advertisement in the Belfast Telegraph.
Wed Nov 23 2016
Sam Glass Trophy Presentation 2016. Daniel Hegarty was awarded the Sam Glass Trophy after becoming the highest placed newcomer in the Superbike Race at the 2016 Ulster Grand Prix.
The presentation this year was made by Secretary, Gail Baillie and Treasurer, Paul McGovern.
Photo by Stephen Davison
Mon Nov 7 2016
Don't forget to call with us on the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club Stand for a chat.
Fri Nov 4 2016
Former UGPSC Secretary and Founder Member, Desmond Jardin, was recently awarded the British Empire Medal.
To commemorate the award, UGPSC President, Bertie Bradford recently presented him with a momento on behalf of the club.
Thu Oct 20 2016