Residents cry foul as motorcyclists zip around controversial Wisley Airfield housing site

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Groups of motorcyclists managed to get onto the site of the former airfield in Wisley, disturbing residents with their revving engines

Dozens of motorcyclists rode around the former Wisley Airfield during the bank holiday weekend, causing disturbance to neighbouring residents.

The site’s owner, Wisley Property Investments (WPI), confirmed that the group had not been given permission to be there.

Wisley Airfield has been subject to controversy recently, with neighbours objecting proposals to build a settlement of more than 2,000 homes.

The scheme was refused by Guildford Borough Council’s planning committee last month.

Now, residents complained to the borough council about the noise disturbance caused by the motorcyclists on bank holiday Monday.

Mike Murray, representing WPI, said: “We are aware of the incident which saw a number of motorcyclists use bridleways to access the former Wisley Airfield site so that they could make use of the runway and extensive hardstanding areas.

“We continue to liaise with the police regarding the matter following previous meetings with them, county highways and Guildford Borough Council officers.

“We have agreed and carried out actions to reduce the chances of this happening again.”

Motorcyclists seen at the former Wisley Airfield on bank Holiday Monday, causing disturbance to residents

Mr Murray said WPI still intended to develop the site, which has been identified in the latest version of the draft local plan.

“In the longer term, we intend to develop the site, which contains 70 acres of runway and hardstanding, to meet Guildford’s urgent need for homes” Mr Murray said.

“A sustainable new community at Wisley Airfield can help to address this urgent need quickly, in a location directly accessible to the A3, and with up to 800 affordable homes and a full range of community facilities.

“A development at Wisley Airfield will give the next generation of Guildford borough residents the chance of owning their own home, not just the lucky few.”

A Surrey Police spokesman said: “We were made aware of a number of motorbikes on the former Wisley airfield at around 5pm on Monday.

“The off-road machines gained access to the private site and had been a cause of concern for local residents.

“An officer from the safer neighbourhood team will be making further enquiries and security advice has been given to help prevent antisocial behaviour.”

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